Smith agreed to a restructured contract in order to remain with the 49ers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The specifics of Smith's deal aren't available, but his salary was significantly reduced from the $3.75 million he was initially due. Smith has only played in 12 games over two years with San Francisco, recording 35 tackles (22 solo) and a pass breakup while averaging just 28 defensive snaps per game. He'll likely face competition in camp for the starting job again.
Smith finished with 35 tackles (22 solo) in 12 games this season. Smith missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury sustained during training camp. Once he returned, he took over the starting Sam position alongside Reuben Foster and opposite Fred Warner. As the season progressed, Foster was released, pushing Warner to the middle and Smith to a more prominent starting weakside linebacker role. The veteran did not perform terribly in his five starts, but with the 49ers well out of contention, the team opted to start the younger Elijah Lee over Smith. Lee thrived in the starting role and appears to be the favorite to start alongside Warner to begin the 2019 season. Smith still has three years left on the five-year, $26.5 million contract he signed in 2017, which is a lot of money to have riding the pine. If the 29-year-old is unable to secure a starting job in the offseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him either cut or traded.
Smith recorded seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle. Smith was the starting weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (released) for the second consecutive week, but he was on the field for all 58 of the team's defensive snaps after seeing just 36 percent of snaps last week. Injuries have cost the 28-year-old most of his first two seasons with the 49ers, but he could be in for a strong IDP finish if he hangs on to the starting job over the last four games of the year. Smith racked up 225 combined tackles over his last two full seasons with Oakland in 2015 and 2016.
Smith (Achilles) will receive increased playing time following the 49ers' decision to waive Reuben Foster, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Smith is listed as the starting weakside linebacker on San Francisco's depth chart in Foster's absence. The eighth-year veteran's increased snap count could lead to an uptick in tackles, so he's worth monitoring in IDP formats.
Smith is expected to start at weak-side linebacker in place of Reuben Foster (hamstring), who will miss his second straight game according to the 49ers' team site. Smith played 33 snaps in the Week 9 destruction of the Raiders, tallying just two tackles. With the game expected to be a bit more competitive Monday against the Giants, Smith could have some opportunities to rack up more tackles.