Many are surprised that Alex Smith, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, has spent his entire career with the 49ers. Smith isn’t surprised by the fact that it could all be ending because of the unexpected availability of Peyton Manning.
“This is the NFL. I guess nothing surprises me anymore,” Smith told Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. ”I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent either,” Smith said. ”I’m never surprised by anything.”
Smith made his remarks as he arrived in Miami, where the Dolphins are left to consider the potential scraps from the Peyton chase — and where Smith’s scramble for a possible new team has begun.
Some view the courtship of Smith and Matt Flynn as an either/or proposition. It could be that the Dolphins ultimately sign both. With Flynn unproven and no one else banging on Smith’s door, he may decide that his best chance at playing again comes if he takes the No. 2 spot behind Flynn.
It would be a surprise if that happens. But as Smith said himself, nothing should surprise him — or anyone else — anymore.