Matt Maiocco of the CSN Bay Area tweets that he’s “hearing that Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith are talking” and “ironing things out.”
“We have a contract on the table and it’s up to him,” said 49ers CEO Jed York, per Matt Maiocco. “We’d like for him (Alex Smith) to be here, and we’ll see where it goes.“
Smith has said that he wants to return to San Francisco but’s about time for him to get reasonable now that he’s lost all of his leverage. The 49ers are reportedly keeping their offer on the table for him so it will just come down to the two sides patching things up.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the 49ers are keeping the previous offer of three years at $24 million on the table for Alex Smith.
La Canfora adds that 49ers sources are still “confident” that a deal will get done at some point.
Smith’s interest in Miami is seen as a way to gain some much needed leverage but at this point, it’s probably in his best interest to take the deal and return to a team that nearly made it to the Super Bowl last year.
SI.com’s Peter King updates the Alex Smith situation by mentioning that his sources have told him “Smith is very serious about Miami, if they’re serious about him.”
This goes against the previous reports that Smith has the 49ers as his preferred option, but there’s no guaranteeing that Miami has reciprocal feelings towards Smith.
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area expects to see the 49ers and QB Alex Smith come to an agreement in the near future now that Peyton Manning has made the decision to play for the Denver Broncos next season. Multiple reports have suggested that Smith would only consider signing with the Dolphins if Manning chose the 49ers but since that didn’t happen, Smith will get the opportunity to make amends with the team after he turned down a contract worth $24 million last week. If a deal is unable to reached, previous reports have suggested that Josh Johnsoncould be the teams’ contigency plan.
San Francisco is still widely believed to be Smith’s top choice, and he’s been reported to have a standing offer of three years and $24 million. That would be more than generous for a seven-year veteran who just cracked the 3,000-yards passing barrier for the first time in 2011.