The San Francisco 49ers have had an appalling off-season to say the very least.
The 49ers first decided to fire head coach Jim Harbaugh who took them from nothings to Super Bowl contenders in a few short years. Then the 49ers went and lost running back Frank Gore to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency, leaving just second year Carlos Hyde to take on the brunt of the work.
And there were the retirements. San Francisco were hit hard by players deciding to retire early from the game, with star linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland both deciding their health was more important than staying in the league.
The 49ers have another player on the verge of retirement however, with veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith reportedly close to leaving the game. Well, according to Trent Baalke, the 49ers are set to meet with Smith for some crunch talks on his future.
The 49ers planned ahead by using the 17th overall pick in the draft on Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead, although Baalke has since said that selection had nothing to do with the Smith situation.
Smith recently said that he feels healthy, but noted that "everybody feels good at this time of the year." He's been a rock during his NFL career, starting all but two games since 2002. The five-time Pro Bowler still made plays on film last season, but Smith's body has taken a toll.
Even if he doesn't play right away, it's fair to wonder if Smith might consider joining the team later in the summer -- maybe even during the season. If he returns, we still view the old-school Smith as one of the more productive players at his position.
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