So much for the possibility of this upcoming season being Justin Smith's last with the San Francisco 49ers.
Little over a week after he acknowledged the possibility, and what in all reality seemed like a near-certainty, of his not returning to the 49ers next season, Smith has signed a two year contract extension. This extension ensures that Smith will now be a member of the 49ers going into 2015.
According to this tweet from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, he even negotiated the deal himself.
Among #49ers DL Justin Smith's talents: Taking on blockers, moving mountainous DLs… negotiating his own deal, which he did.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 19, 2013
While the financial details of this contract have yet to be released, this signing by the 49ers is huge show of faith in the veteran defensive tackle who is coming off of a partially torn triceps.
It is often hard to equate Smith’s value to the 49ers based on his own statistics, but the fact that Aldon Smith didn’t register a single sack in his absence really did say a lot last season. There aren’t many, if any, in the league as good at tying up linemen as Justin Smith. It makes Aldon Smith’s job a heck of a lot easier.
Smith has acknowledged that this contract will probably be the last of his career. Me, I’m not buying it.
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