San Francisco 49ers Need Justin Smith Back for Continuity and Stability

May 15, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Imagine sitting across from San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith at a poker table.
He wouldn’t blink, and he may breathe only occasionally. His hands would move to receive cards or bet, but his stare would be continuous. He would say nothing for hours before taking all your money, thanking everyone for a pleasant evening and then disappearing into the night.
Smith is playing a different sort of poker right now with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, who wants to know soon if the three-time All-Pro intends to return for a 15th season.
Instead he’s mostly been greeted by that stone face.
“He’s a hard guy to read,” Baalke told PFT Live Thursday, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com (via NFL.com’s Conor Orr). “He's a guy who likes to live on the edge a little bit and keep people waiting. But if he chooses to do so (return), we'll welcome him back with open arms. And if he chooses not to, we're prepared for that as w...

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