The San Francisco 49ers have signed DT
“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,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “Justin consistently sets a standard of excellence, serving as an example for everyone within our organization. This contract allows Justin to finish his career as a 49er!”
Smith (6-4, 285), a two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection, has led the 49ers defensive front for the past five seasons, helping the team rank second in rushing yards allowed per game (94.4) and yards per carry (3.6) over that time span. He has amassed 536 tackles, 32.0 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed since joining the 49ers in 2008.
Smith has also etched his name into 49ers annals, as he was a two-time recipient of the Len Eshmont Award (2011-12) and the Bill Walsh Award (2008, 2011), the team’s MVP awards as selected by the players and coaches, respectively. He is also the only player in franchise history to win the Matt Hazeltine Iron Man Award in consecutive seasons (2010-11). Selected by the defensive coaching staff, the award is given to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player.
Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (fourth overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft, Smith has played in 189 games (185 starts) and tallied 1,163 tackles, 75.5 sacks, three interceptions, 13 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 30 passes defensed in his 12-year career. According to NFL Gamebooks, Smith has recorded 792 tackles since 2001, ranking first among all defensive linemen over that span.
A 33-year-old native of Holts Summit, MO, Smith played at Missouri.