The 49ers have announced that defensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler Justin Smith has retired.
The 35-year-old Smith missed just two games in his 14-year career, which he completes with 613 tackles, 87 sacks and much appreciation from the organization. He played in every game aside from in 2012.
"Tough. Physical. Durable. Hard-working. Dedicated. Selfless. Justin embodies each of those qualities and brought even more with him to work each and every day," said 49ers CEO Jed York via the team website. "Whether it was chasing down a wide receiver and forcing a fumble to seal a win, or driving a tackle back into the quarterback's chest, he gave everything he had every play. Justin ... will always be remembered as one of the 49ers all-time greats."
General manager Trent Blake added that Smith had "durability" and "rare stamina."
49ers defensive end Justin Smith is working out in San Jose, but coach Jim Tomsula said that people shouldn't draw any conclusions from that.
"Don’t read into that either," Tomsula said, per 49ers.com. "Justin Smith is going to be working out for the rest of his life. That’s who he is."
Smith was supposed to meet with GM Trent Baalke on Friday to discuss whether he planned to play next season. Tomsula didn't have an update. "I haven’t seen him or talked to him," he said. "That time will come. We’re not trying to make it a saga. We’re really not."
49ers general manager Trent Baalke is planning to meet with defensive end Justin Smith on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to figure out his retirement plans, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Smith, the 35-year-old veteran, has said he will make his decision this month on whether he will retire. Smith has missed just two games in his 15-year career. He totaled 43 tackles with five sacks in 2014 for San Francisco.
49ers defensive end Justin Smith plans to sit down with team officials in May and decide whether he'll return for one more season, the Sacramento Bee reports.
"You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday.
Smith wouldn't say which way he was leaning. He indicated that the the team's decision to draft a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft did not signal his impending retirement.
"We gave Justin liberty to make his own decision on his time frame," Baalke said after selecting Arik Armstead Thursday. "We went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin’s going to make or not going to make. We just went in to find the best football player, the best system fit that we could."
The 49ers are waiting to hear if defensive end Justin Smith will play in the 2015 season. The veteran is considering retirement.
General manager Trent Baalke said that Smith's uncertainty played no role in the team's decision to draft defensive end Arik Armstead in the first round of the draft.
"I said this to many of you the last time we met: We gave Justin liberty to make his own decision on his time frame," Baalke said, per the Mercury News. "So we went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin’s going to make or not going to make. We just went in to find the best football player, the best system fit we could."
With 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith contemplating retirement, coach Jim Tomsula said the team has enough depth along the defensive line to alleviate the potential loss, reports the Bay Area News Group.
"For four years, you see the d-linemen we've brought in. We've been making preparations," Tomsula said. "This isn't a 'this year' thing for us. We've been making preparations. The guy gets to 12 years in the NFL and he's at about a 92-percent rep count playing defensive line, you better start making preparations. So that started a while ago."
Tomsula added that he will not rush Smith into a decision.
"The guy's played a lot of football, right? He's obviously near and dear to my heart," Tomsula said. "I'm not going there. He can go do his thing with his family. We'll get to it. We will.”
49ers coach Jim Tomsula said defensive lineman Justin Smith hasn't informed the organization as to whether he's retiring or not, according to CSN Bay Area.
Tomsula said he spoke with Smith last week and the topic of retirement wasn't discussed.
“[It’s] exactly where it’s been. Same place," Tomsula said. "I have nothing to report. Yeah, we’ve talked. He’s working out, but no decisions have been made either way.”
The 49ers have already had two players surprisingly retire this offseason. Veteran linebacker Patrick Willis announced his retirement due to his toe injury and linebacker Chris Borland, coming off his rookie season, decided to retire due to concerns about head injuries in the sport.
Smith is a 14-year veteran and retirement wouldn't be seen as a surprise. Tomsula said he wont try to sway Smith one way or the other.
“I haven’t said anything to him in that sense,” Tomsula said.
The 49ers are open to defensive lineman Justin Smith returning to the team during the 2015 season, CSNBayArea.com reports.
A report Monday said that Smith was set to retire, but he apparently has yet to definitively choose a course and wants to do eveything he can to help the 49ers. The team will explore different options to keep Smith fresh for a late-season run, including placing him on an injury list at the beginning of camp and allowing him to begin the regular-season on the reserve list, making him ineligible to play in the first six weeks.
49ers defensive end Justin Smith is set to retire from football, Pro Football Talk reports.
Coach Jim Tomsula said in Feburary that the team would give Smith the space to make his own decision about whether to play in 2015. The defensive end recorded 43 tackles and five sacks last season and will finish his 14-year career with 87 sacks.
The 49ers are set to lose two key defensive pieces this offseason, as linebacker Patrick Willis is expected to announce his retirement Tuesday.
49ers coach Jim Tomsula isn't going to pitch defensive end Justin Smith to come back to the team in 2015. Instead, he's going to let Smith figure it out for himself, according to the team's website.
"You know the level of respect I have for him, and he has earned the right to make the decision on his own terms," Tomsula said. "I told him that I will not try to talk him into anything or out of anything. I really do try to stay neutral on that, I really do."
Smith is a 14-year veteran who is mulling retirement. He finished the 2014 season with 43 tackles, five sacks and recovered two fumbles.
49ers head coach Jim Tomsula backed general manager Trent Baalke's comments by telling reporters that he intends to "shoot the bologna" with defensive lineman Justin Smith soon, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Smith is considering retirement after playing 14 seasons in the pros, racking up 87 sacks over his career. Tomsula said he's had a similar conversation with Smith at the end of the last three or four seasons. Smith, 35, posted 43 tackles, five sacks and recovered two fumbles in 2014.
San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith is leaning toward retiring, according to the NFL Network.
Smith has played 14 seasons in the pros, racking up 87 sacks during his career. He rarely missed a contest, playing in at least 14 games every season. He was elected to five straight Pro Bowls from 2009 to 2013, and made the First-Team All-Pro list once. The 35-year-old has registered 43 tackles and five sacks in what looks like his final season as a professional.
Following the game, Smith would not confirm that he is retiring.
The 49ers will have wideout Michael Crabtree Week 17 against the Cardinals.
Crabtree came into the contest listed as probable due to a knee injury. The club will also have Chris Culliver, Brandon Lloyd, Marcus Martin and Justin Smith. All four players were also listed as probable.
Bruce Ellington, who came into the game listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, will give it a go. He's the only player listed as questionable who will attempt to play through his injury.
The 49ers have deemed running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee) and safety Eric Reid (concussion) as out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
It is the second straight game out for both Hyde and Johnson. Hyde finishes his rooke season with 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns while Johnson had 35 catches for 435 yards and three touchdowns this year.
Wide receiever Bruce Ellington (hamstring), cornerbacks Tramaine Brock (hamstring) and Perrish Cox (shoulder) and linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb) are all listed as questionable.
Michael Crabtree (knee), Chris Culliver (knee), Brandon Lloyd (groin), Marcus Martin (illness) and Justin Smith (back) are all listed as probable.
The 49ers are currently 6 1/2-point favorites against Arizona Sunday.
49ers running back Frank Gore (concussion) and wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee) are active for Saturday's Week 16 matchup with the Chargers.
Both players were listed as questionable on the team's final injury report, though it was reported early Saturday that Gore would in fact suit up for the game. Crabtree has yet to miss a game this season.
Offensive tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) is also active after being listed as questionable. The team had several players listed as probable and all are active Saturday, including cornerbacks Perrish Cox (ankle) and Chris Culliver (knee), safety Bubba Ventrone (groin), linebacker Michael Wilhoite (hip), tackle Jonathan Martin (illness), center Marcus Martin (knee), tight end Kyle Nelson (back) and defensive linemen Justin Smith (back), Quinton Dial (knee) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (foot).
The 49ers have ruled the following players out for Saturday's game against San Diego: Linebacker Chris Borland (ankle), cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (knee).
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee), right tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), running back Frank Gore (concussion), safety Raymond Vetrone (groin) and linebacker Michael Wilhoite (hip) were labeled as questionable.
Meanwhile, cornerback Perrish Cox (ankle), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (knee), defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie (foot), right tackle Jonathan Martin (illness), center Marcus Martin (knee), long snapper Kyle Nelson (back) and defensive end Justin Smith (back) were all deemed as probable.
The 49ers will have their probable players Week 15 against the Seahawks.
Mike Iupati, Ray McDonald and Justin Smith are all active for the contest. Iupati is dealing with an elbow injury. McDonald has a finger issue. Smith is dealing with a back injury.
The 49ers have ruled four of the 11 players listed on its final injury report for Week 15 against Seattle. Those four include linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) and wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee).
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), center Marcus Martin (knee) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) were deemed questionable.
Meanwhile, guard Mike Iupati (elbow), defensive end Ray McDonald (finger) and defensive end Justin Smith (back) were labeled as probable.
The 49ers will have wideout Michael Crabtree Week 14 against the Raiders.
Crabtree came into the game listed as probable due to a knee injury. He was never really a threat to miss the contest.
The team will have most of their probable players for the game. Chris Culliver, Bruce Ellington, Carlos Hyde, Stevie Johnson, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith and Joe Staley are all listed as active. All seven were considered probable.
The 49ers released their final Week 14 injury report and listed RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), DT Ray McDonald (finger), WR Michael Crabtree (knee), DE Justin Smith (back), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep) and OT Joe Staley (illness) as probable.
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) are listed as questionable. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) and tight end Vance McDonald (back) were ruled out.
The 49ers take on the Raiders Week 14.