Alex Smith is scheduled to be a free agent this year, but the signs continue to grow that he’ll be back with the 49ers.
Matt Maiocco of Comcast Bay Area reports Smith and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have met several times face-to-face. They’ve even thrown the ball around on the team’s practice field to break the ice and work on some fundamentals.
(Working on fundamentals on the field in February. Wouldn’t that violate the CBA?)
“I’ve had a couple meetings with him,” Harbaugh said. “It’s been good. And I look forward to continuing that [this week] when he’s back in town.”
Just last month, G.M. Trent Baalke told Florio on PFT Live
that the team’s quarterback of the future was not on the roster
. Harbaugh can explain that one.
“It was factual,” he said. “The only quarterback on the roster right now is David Carr. So take that as a factual statement. The quarterback of the future is not on the roster right now.”
Um, well, Smith is on the roster until March 4 or beyond if there is no CBA. Otherwise, Harbaugh wouldn’t be allowed meet with Smith and potentially set up a plan of action for what the quarterback should do with his teammates in the event of a lockout.
It’s looking more and more that Smith will also be on the roster through the 2011 season.