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49ers defensive end Justin Smith announces his retirement

49ers defensive end Justin Smith announces his retirement

The exodus from the San Francisco 49ers continues. Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith announced his retirement Monday following months of speculation over whether he would return for a 15th NFL season. Smith, 35, played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and seven with the 49ers. He was considered one of the hardest-working players on the 49ers and an on-field leader. “Justin is the consummate professional whose impact on this organization can never be measured by statistics alone,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said. “His durability, competitiveness, work ethic, strength and rare stamina helped set him apart over his...

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