Alex Smith re-signed in San Francisco this year for $4 million on a one-year contract. It’s safe to say he’ll earn more next year.
Smith is a free agent, but he clearly has more value to the 49ers than any other team. He could get offers elsewhere, but we suspect the 49ers won’t let it get that far.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that the 49ers could re-sign Smith to a two or three-year contract worth $8-11 million. It’s early in the process, but that’s a lot for a quarterback leading the 29th-ranked passing attack. Then again, the 49ers are 10-2 and Smith is only 27 years old.
With Colin Kaepernick in town, the 49ers have a young quarterback to groom. We also wouldn’t be shocked if they added other option, perhaps Jim Harbaugh’s old player Josh Johnson.
Smith has been very good this year, but it’s worth wondering how good the 49ers could be with an explosive passing game.