Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by Kolohe:
This reminds me of Dana Stubblefield, who left SF for Washington to sign for more. Man I really hope Aldon Smith, Michael Crabtree and Eric Reid are paying attention to Justin Smith when their times come to get paid.
Those are all young players. As a veteran, Justin Smith was in some danger of being released to clear cap space if he refused to renegotiate his deal. Also, when a team releases a veteran, it puts up a red flag to all the other teams in the league. They assume he might be slowing down because he was released. Justin Smith gave the team a favorable deal, but he certainly didn't have all the chips, because there are young players behind him.
Smith had a fairly nice payday when he got his first big contract with us as a free agent. Aldon and Crabs are going to get big money like that as well, because they are young.
I'm saying when the time comes, but of course not so young in their careers, but Smith is also showing team first and not greed.