SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers do not need to get a decision from defensive lineman Justin Smith before the NFL Draft, general manager Trent Baalke said on Friday.
Smith, a 14-year veteran, is contemplating retirement. But that’s OK, Baalke said, because the 49ers have been preparing for Smith’s departure.
“Numbers-wise, we feel very good about where we’re at,” Baalke said on Friday.
The 49ers signed free-agent Darnell Dockett this offseason after the Arizona Cardinals released him. Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey, neither of whom played last season, are expected back from injuries.
The 49ers selected defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial during 2013 draft. And the 49ers last year picked defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, who sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in the offseason.
“We’re in no hurry to get that final decision from Justin,” Baalke said. “We’re flexible in where we’re at, in terms of knowing what we need to do going into the draft whether he’s here or not and feel good about letting him make the decision that’s best for him and his family.”
Baalke said Smith’s ultimate decision will not change how the 49ers approach the remainder of the offseason.
“It doesn’t make a difference," Baalke said. “We’ve addressed the plan internally. We know what we’re going to do regardless of what he chooses to do. And feel good about that plan.”