SANTA CLARA – As of early Friday afternoon, the 49ers had not gained any insight into whether defensive lineman Justin Smith intends to play another season.
General manager Trent Baalke said this week he believed he would have a better grasp on Smith’s plans. But after the team’s rookies walked off the field at the conclusion of an offseason workout on Friday, coach Jim Tomsula said Smith has yet to offer any clarity to his situation.
“As of right now, there’s not,” Tomsula said. “This morning, we were working and meeting and doing our thing. The guys were lifting. Then we came out here. So, no, I haven’t seen or talked to him.”
Tomsula said he has not scheduled a meeting with Smith, a 14-year NFL veteran who still pops into the team’s workout facility on occasion.
“That time will come,” Tomsula said of Smith’s timetable for a decision. “We’re not trying to make it a saga. We’re really not. It’s really just as honest as we’re saying it is. But I’m sure that’ll come here. We got a lot of guessing on when this is going to go, when that is going to go. We’ll know here. It’s getting to the time where you have to know something. So it’s going to happen.”
The fact that Smith is continuing to work out is not an indication of Smith’s plans, Tomsula advised.
“Don’t read into that, either,” he said. “Justin Smith will be working out for the rest of his life.”