The San Francisco 49ers have not had a great off-season or free agency period so far to say the least.
The 49ers let go head coach Jim Harbaugh and replaced him with a man who has never been a head coach in the league before in Jim Tomsula, while star linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland both shocked the franchise by retiring.
Something else that could throw the 49ers through a loop is the future of defensive end Justin Smith, who hasn't decided whether or not he wants to retire like Willis and Borland or play another year in Red and Gold.
Reports last month indicated that Smith would be moving into the next phase of his career, but Smith said he wasn’t 100 percent ready to make his call. Smith added that he would probably announce his decision the week after, but here we are a month later and the veteran is still undecided.
But that doesn't mean that Smith's teammates are letting him make up his mind on however. 49ers Safety Eric Reid was a guest with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday and said that several members of the team are trying to convince Smith to come back for one more season on the 49ers defense.
The effort to get him back apparently has some help on two fronts as well, with Reid revealing that Smith’s wife is also in favor of her husband strapping on the gear for another year battling alongside his San Francisco teammates.
The 35-year old Smith had five sacks and 42 tackles on the season in 2014 as the 49ers struggled to an 8-8 record, not good enough to make the playoffs for the first time since Jim Harbaugh grabbed the reigns.
Smith would be returning to a very different 49ers side and that has to be one of the things that is playing on his mind before deciding if he wants to make a return.
It seems like the 49ers could be thinking about replacing Smith in the draft though. The team are lining up a visit with Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead and there is a big possibility that Armstead could wind up as the team’s first-round pick later this month.
49ers fans, would you rather Smith come back for another year or the team draft Arik Armstead to replace him? Tell us in the comments below...
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