Alex Smith Re-Signs With 49ers
It appears Alex Smith won’t hold a grudge over the San Francisco 49ers.
Mere days after the 27-year-old quarterback was in contract talks with the Miami Dolphins, Smith and the 49ers agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Other details of the contract–such as guaranteed money–has not yet been disclosed.
Although the 49ers had been attempting to re-sign Smith, they joined the Peyton Manning race, a move that Smith was not fond of. The 49ers learned of Manning’s decision to go to the Denver Broncos while Smith was talking to the Dolphins. However, the Dolphins ended up signing David Garrard, and it made it easier for the 49ers to get Smith back.
There was reportedly some tension between the two parties, but head coach Jim Harbaugh–who Smith finally flourished under last season–insists that the relationship is still strong. Smith had his finest professional season in seven years with the 49ers under Harbaugh, and led the team to the NFC Championship Game, but eventually lost in overtime to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. But with the additions of wide receivers Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, Smith could have an even better year in 2012, and perhaps finally shed the “game manager” label that he received his entire career.
Smith was the first-overall pick by the 49ers back in 2005. In his career, he has thrown for 12,543 yards, with 68 touchdowns to 58 interceptions.