Despite suffering an arm injury late last season and not being able to fully recover in the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Justin Smith to a two-year extension.
The USA Today reports that the organization and their star offensive lineman agreed to the new contract earlier this week as he was headed into the final season of his old contract.
On Tuesday, he signed a two-year extension to remain with the team through 2015.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement that Smith’s extension should allow the 33-year-old defensive tackle to finish his career as a 49er.
Smith was definitely missed, none more so than Aldon Smith who could no longer reach the quarterback when Justin was injured in Week 15. Aldon had 19.5 sacks before that.
Here’s an official statement from the 49ers by general manager Trent Baalke:
“Justin’s All-Pro contributions on the field, as well as his leadership on and off the field, are integral to our success as a team.”
Age is catching up with the lineman, but that won’t stop him from still coming out with the same intensity he’s had throughout his career. When asked if Justin would take a smaller role, he responded that he’ll play full strength until he can’t.
“That’s not going to happen,” Smith said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I’ve said that, I meant that — I won’t be the guy that’s around for 10 snaps, 20 snaps. It’s either,I’m going or I’m not going. If I get my ass out here, I’m going.”