PHOENIX –- Coach Jim Tomsula spoke with veteran 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith last week. But the topic of Smith’s future in the NFL was not broached, Tomsula said.
Smith, a 14-year professional, is contemplating retirement. But he has yet to inform the 49ers of his decision, Tomsula said Sunday evening at the NFL owners meetings.
When asked for an update on Smith, Tomsula said, “(It’s) exactly where it’s been. Same place. I have nothing to report. Yeah, we’ve talked. He’s working out, but no decisions have been made either way.”
Tomsula reiterated he would not broach the subject with Smith and would not try to talk him into or out of anything.
“I haven’t said anything to him in that sense,” Tomsula said.
Within the past two weeks, two 49ers players have announced ends to their careers. Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis was placed on the reserve/retired list two weeks ago, as he cited the condition of his feet for stepping away from the game.
Last week, linebacker Chris Borland called it quits after one NFL season due to concerns for the long-term effects of head injuries, he said.
“With Patrick, we all knew Patrick had toe surgery,” Tomsula said. “We all know about Patrick’s feet. I admire the guy, and he made a decision. He needed to make the decision for himself. Being in the building, I don’t know that I was terribly surprised.”
What about Borland?
“Yeah, I was, I was a little surprised on that,” Tomsula said. “But I was in Europe for so long, you have to expect the unexpected and get going.”