Justin Smith says Jim Tomsula is more than a 'meathead D-line coach'
MAY 20, 3:52p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: May 18 / 1:23p ET
News: Smith announced his intention to retire from the NFL on Monday.
Impact: Smith's decision to retire comes after a wildly productive 14-year career that included five Pro Bowl and two All-Pro selections. The fourth overall pick in 2001, he posted 880 tackles and 87 sacks while playing for the Bengals and 49ers over the course of his career. With Smith known to be strongly considering retirement, the 49ers went ahead and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead in the first round this offseason, offering a raw talent to help try and fill Smith's significant absence going forward.
StatsLLC: May 18 / 12:00a ET
News: San Francisco 49ers star defensive lineman Justin Smith is retiring.
Impact: Smith played 14 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the first round by Cincinnati in 2001. After seven seasons with the Bengals, he signed as a free agent in San Francisco and had his best success in seven years with the 49ers. He was a defensive stalwart on a team that made three straight NFC championship games and played in one Super Bowl. Smith is a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler.
Rotowire: Mar 9 / 8:47a ET
News: Smith is strongly considering retirement, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Smith was known to be pondering retirement this offseason, but with Monday's news that teammate Patrick Willis is likely to hang up his cleats, Smith may very well follow suit. The 35-year-old has battled numerous injuries in recent seasons, which contributed toward some career-low totals for him during the 2014 campaign.