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Malcolm Smith reportedly will sign with 49ers

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If you can beat them, join them. Or something.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith, the Super Bowl XLIII MVP whose interception at the end of the NFC title game that same year vanquished the 49ers, is expected to sign with the 49ers on Thursday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Smith has completed a two-year deal with the Raiders. As Barrows explains it, Smith will compete with Ray-Ray Armstrong for playing time at the weakside linebacker position.

Once Smith arrives in San Francisco, he may not recognize many of his teammates on the other side of the ball. Barrows points out that tackle Joe Staley is the only player from the team’s offense¬†from 2013 who is still with the 49ers.

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9 Responses to “Malcolm Smith reportedly will sign with 49ers”
  1. hawkstradamus says: Mar 8, 2017 10:26 PM

    Hey, now you guys have a guy with a ring, on the field. Nice.

  2. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 8, 2017 10:36 PM

    Smith signed a two-year deal with the Raiders in 2015. He finished with 122 tackles that year and 103 in the most recent season.

    Led the Raiders in tackles both years but the critics complain about his coverage skills.

  3. raidernation37 says: Mar 8, 2017 11:36 PM

    Malcom Smith was the mvp in super bowl XLVIII. The mvp of XLIII was Santonio Holmes

  4. FrankRizzo says: Mar 9, 2017 12:09 AM

    He got burned so much in Oakland

  5. omeimontis says: Mar 9, 2017 12:54 AM

    Doesn’t look like he got a megadeal if he is not guaranteed to start.

  6. senoreno says: Mar 9, 2017 2:50 AM

    Good signing but then all the other middle linebackers on the roster not named bowman

  7. senoreno says: Mar 9, 2017 2:50 AM


  8. omeimontis says: Mar 9, 2017 8:20 AM

    It is a familiar pattern, coaches and front office people often acquire players from their former teams. Kyle Shanahan signing Brian Hoyer, who used to play for him in Cleveland, is a good example. Ken Norton Jr. was the LB coach in Seattle, and he told the Raiders to sign Smith as free agent after becoming defensive coordinator in Oakland. Wonder why the Raiders are now parting with Smith instead of extending him. He had a lot of tackles for the past 2 years in Oakland.

  9. pau49ers says: Mar 9, 2017 10:03 AM

    225 tackles the last 2 years and he has a knack for making clutch plays. Sures up the weakside linebacker position and now they need an edge rusher.

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