Veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith, who still is contemplating return to the 49ers for his 15th NFL season, will meet with coach Jim Tomsula on Wednesday. The team also plans to talk to veteran Darnell Dockett, who was recently released by the Cardinals.
Former Folsom High School standout Jordan Richards still thinks like a college kid even though he's likely to have an NFL job in a few months. And he was still very much in college mode in the run-up to this week's scouting combine.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jim Tomsula said he plans to “shoot the bologna” with Justin Smith regarding his future with the 49ers, a conversation Tomsula said he’s had with the veteran defensive end for the last three or four years.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Trent Baalke said he plans to met with Justin Smith after the scouting combine to see whether the veteran defensive lineman wants to return for a 15th season. Smith, a starter at right defensive end, has one more year remaining on his contract but has been non-committal about returning.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.