Any talk about next season being Justin Smith’s last year in a San Francisco 49ers uniform is now mute, but that discussion can start again after 2015.
The 49ers have signed Smith to a two-year contract extension through 2015, the team announced on Wednesday morning.
The four-time Pro Bowler is 33 years old, and is coming off of surgery on a triceps tear that caused him to miss some games at the end of last season.
He is in the final year of a six-year, $45 million contract that he signed back in 2008.
Last week, Smith had some doubts about his future with the 49ers.
“You really can’t forecast anything out past the year you’re in,” Smith told the media. “So I’m thinking about 2013, and 2013 only.”
And that’s exactly what he should be focused on. Smith is a valuable asset to the 49ers, and has been especially crucial to the growth of fellow defensive lineman Aldon Smith, who had an amazing season but struggled when his counterpart was injured.
Even so, Smith understood that his future with the 49ers after next season was up in the air.
“At this point in my career, nothing’s a given, nothing’s a guarantee,” he said. “They don’t like old guys, anyway, for football. I’m going to enjoy this year and do the best I can this year and hopefully it’s enough for us and the team and we get it done.”
Now, he won’t have to worry, at least for the next two seasons.