Re: Reports: Mutual Interest in Antonio Smith Extension
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.
We hurt ourselves, stopped ourselves and we just need to be better all around from top to bottom. We need to come together and get better as a football team.” - Matt Schaub