Smiley not in team’s long-term plans

Apr 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM--


According to ESPN, 49ers OT Justin Smiley may not be in San Francisco's long-term plans.

With still more than $11 million in salary-cap cash after signing centerpiece RB Frank Gore to a four-year contract extension, the odds are against the Niners using a chunk of that money to re-up with OT Justin Smiley, as had been rumored late in the '06 season. We now hear the consensus seems to be that the undersized Smiley, whose contract runs out at the end of the '07 season, does not fit in the Niners' long-term plans.

Smiley has been looking for a contract much larger than the team feels he deserves. Smiley was one of the more consistent and improved offensive lineman at training camp last year.



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