“I’m going to decide next week probably,” Smith told the Sacramento Bee while working out at San Jose State’s Spartan Stadium on Monday. “So you’ll know by then. It’s not 100 percent.”
Smith, who turns 36 on Sept. 20, has dealt with injuries over the past several years and has contemplated retirement each offseason. This year is no different and new coach Jim Tomsula was thought to have an edge as his former position coach in convincing the Cowboy to return for one last ride.
But Tomsula, as well as general manager Trent Baalke, has given Smith all the time he needs.
And Tomsula said he was not trying to sway Smith one way or the other, even if signing Darnell Dockett last week seemed a sign the Niners were ready to move on without Smith.
In a joint ESPN.com/Pro Football Focus project in January, Smith was rated as an “average” player in 2014 after leading the team in sacks at midseason with three but tailing off dramatically as the year wore on and his back acted up.
He averaged 42.9 snaps through the Niners’ first 11 games but 36.8 snaps in their last five, per ESPN Stats & Info. And he had two sacks in the second half of the season while finishing with a career-low 43 tackles with the five sacks -- the third-lowest of his career.