Alex Smith wants to return to the 49ers and the team wants him back. After his rough performance in the NFC title game, it should be easier for the 49ers to retain him.
“I’m not in a crazy rush, at this point, as far as today or tomorrow,” Smith told reporters via CSNBayArea.com. “We can take our time a little bit. I think they have until March 13th or something when the contract’s up. But I think sooner than that, maybe.”
Matt Maiocco reports that Smith is expected to get a 2-3 year contract worth roughly $8-$11 million annually. As the quarterback on a team that went 14-4, it makes sense the 49ers would pay him well.
“At this point, I love it here,” Smith said. “I love what’s going on with this team, coaching staff and everything about it. No question, I’d love to stay here.”
It’s hard to imagine Smith will get a better deal outside of San Francisco. Greg Cosell of NFL Films broke down game film and said Smith left a lot of plays on the field. Smith failed to pull the trigger a few times when opportunities were there.
Smith was a great story this season and deserves a ton of credit for his improvement. But he has more value with the 49ers than any other team.