Justin Smith’s role, age and ability could mean his contract provides benchmarks for Antonio Smith’s extension with the Texans. Both Smiths are skilled 3-4 defensive ends, disruptive and in their 30s. Antonio is 31, turning 32 in October, while Justin is 34.
Consider: Before making this deal, Justin Smith’s salary cap figure for 2013 was $8 million with a $7.5 million salary this season. Now the 49ers cut nearly $4.3 million off his cap figure while leaving his salary virtually unchanged for 2013. They gave him a minimum-base salary of $940,000 with a $6.56 million signing bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus.
Justin Smith’s cap number does rise to $6.737 million in 2014 and $6.237 million in 2015. But that isn’t astronomical. He’ll be paid $4.55 million in 2014 and $3.586 million in 2016 including base salary and roster bonuses, unless he gets released or retires.
The 49ers got a screaming deal from Justin Smith. Unless he was in danger of being cut (which I highly doubt), Smith gave up free agency in 2014 for 500K. Antonio Smith will not give the Texans that kind of deal.