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Deal Could Be Coming Soon Between The 49ers & Alex Smith

March 19, 2012 49ers, Dolphins

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Jubileo_79

    LOL you my friend are clueless. The Niners offered the contract to Smith before ever pursing Manning. How is that showing Alex we dont like him? He like a Diva because he had one ok year wanted more. He ished on the Niners 1st.

    • Jim Wortman

      I think your spot on. The only thing I would add is, as a free agent he would be a fool not to see what other money is out there. That actually brings up another problem though, Smith wasn’t showing “LOYALTY” the our 9ers by looking around. HMM, Sounds like both sides were “just doing business” Ok, Alex, sign your freakin contract so we can go get a guard, and Mike Wallace. 

  • http://twitter.com/IatrosCO Will Roesler

    So you mean to tell me the 49ers have the leverage in this deal and not Smith?? What options do they have if Smith leaves…Tebow?

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      I get your point, but I’m just passing along what the 49ers are reportedly willing to do. They see Josh Johnson and Colin Kaepernick as reasonable replacements to Smith should he chose to not lower his contract demands. You could easily argue that Smith is the better player but they already offered him a reasonable contract of three-years at $24 million. That’s a better deal than the one that Matt Flynn just signed.

      • http://twitter.com/IatrosCO Will Roesler

         I know did not mean to sound like I was killing the messenger there just have to laugh how the SF news can spin things. But now this is business and with Smith having the same agent as Manning I’m sure Smith has the figures they were going to offer Manning. Not that he should get the same as Manning but considering the situation that the 49rs put themselves in they should probably have to pay a little more then what they are offering. The one thing that kills Smith is a trade for Tebow to Miami.