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Alex Smith visiting the Dolphins today

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Alex Smith is tired of waiting around for the 49ers to learn whether they’ve won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. So Smith is looking elsewhere.

Smith will visit the Dolphins today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

After having his best year as a pro and leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season, it appeared that Smith was going to be in San Francisco for the long haul. But Smith is an unrestricted free agent and hasn’t worked out a deal with the 49ers yet, because the 49ers are making Manning their top priority. That puts Smith in a tough position.

So it makes sense for Smith to stop waiting and start looking around for another team. The Dolphins, who want to sign a starting quarterback and were spurned by Manning, could make sense for Smith, especially if free agent quarterback Matt Flynn picks the Seahawks over the Dolphins.

The 49ers spent the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft on Smith, and he has spent his entire career there. In 2011 Smith started all 16 games and had career highs in passing yards (3,144) and passer rating (90.7) while throwing just five interceptions.

And now the pressure is on the 49ers to get something done at the quarterback position: If Smith signs with the Dolphins, and Manning chooses the Broncos or Titans, last season’s NFC runner ups will have a major question mark at quarterback.

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  1. dolfan72 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:25 AM

    The last big name offensive player named Smith on Miami’s roster was SAMMIE SMITH! How did that work out! We must have FLYNNSANITY!

  2. peteynz says: Mar 18, 2012 8:26 AM

    Really hope the 9ers ditch this bum and take a chance on Peyton. 49ers are a good qb away from owning this season.

  3. ace3hundred says: Mar 18, 2012 8:28 AM

    Good for Alex. I hope he gets a deal with the dolphins and leaves the arrogant Jim Harbaugh standing in the breeze when Peyton chooses an AFC team.

  4. emaimo80 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:29 AM

    Oh no!!!! What happened with Flynn?

  5. go9ers says: Mar 18, 2012 8:30 AM

    The Seahawks would be wise to sign Smith, just to damage a key division opponent’s chances.

  6. dhsbennett says: Mar 18, 2012 8:30 AM

    SF would be in a world of hurt if Smith leaves town and Manning chooses SOMEONE ELSE.

  7. thermalito says: Mar 18, 2012 8:30 AM

    Has it seriously gotten this bad in Miami? The 49ers win either way. Smith is terrible.

  8. bettis3636 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:31 AM

    Give up on a good YOUNG talent… for a OLD man thats ONE HIT AWAY from watching games with Brett Favre and Jerome Bettis… Alex has never been given a fair shot… its a shame….

  9. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 18, 2012 8:31 AM

    I still think the Dolphins want Tannehill, that’s why thy haven’t gone all in on any of these guys aside of Manning.

    Alex Smith could make sense on a two year deal for them if they do. The Niners may end up scrambling…..dang it.

  10. nxsteven says: Mar 18, 2012 8:31 AM

    Good fit. He knows exactly how to play QB without any wide receivers.

  11. vols84 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:32 AM

    What happens if Smith signs with Miami and Peyton signs with Denver?

  12. upyoursnfu says: Mar 18, 2012 8:33 AM

    Imagine all the cranky baby faces Jim Horrible will be making if Alex signs with the Dolphins and Peyton chooses another team.

  13. jersey73 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:33 AM

    So the Rams/Cardinals/Seahawks should be hoping Alex Smith signs with the Dolphins and then Peyton chooses the Broncos tomorrow.

  14. jagsfan1 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:34 AM

    Smart move and the only move by Smith and his agent.

    Of course he wants to be back in San Fran – but make them aware that the possibility DOES exist that they could lose out on Manning AND Smith could sign somewhere else.

    It’s a business – he certainly has had his chain yanked – although has profited greatly from it as well.

    If I was him and Miami made a big offer – I would take it REGARDLESS…..because he is gone anyway if forehead decides to go to SF – and Miami will probably pay more than SF if they decide they want him.

  15. camocav213 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:34 AM

    THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR THE DOLPHINS!!!!!!!TOUGH LUCK NINERS

  16. peteynz says: Mar 18, 2012 8:34 AM

    I bet Harbaugh could beat Alex Smith out for the starting job. Let him walk.

  17. uslim2nun says: Mar 18, 2012 8:37 AM

    I agree with Ace3……Hope Jim is stuck without a QB he deserves it …..cant stand that man……love the players hate the coach

  18. nardointhenati says: Mar 18, 2012 8:38 AM

    And Colin Kaepernick is sitting pretty either way. Sit behind Smith another year, sit behind Manning a few years or have a complete off season to get his timing down with Moss, Manningham, Crabtree, and VD.

  19. lockoftheweak says: Mar 18, 2012 8:39 AM

    Boy, the free agency games are getting to be as interesting as the regular season.

  20. milehighphan says: Mar 18, 2012 8:40 AM

    Peyton watch must be over. Manningham signs with the 49ers and Alex Smith is looking for work. Now the Broncos will go after Flynn.

  21. chatham10 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:40 AM

    I believe that Tom Condon is the agent for both Alex Smith and Manning, he might have told Alex to interview with the Dophins as Manning is going to SF.

  22. jdandcoke says: Mar 18, 2012 8:40 AM

    from a purely competitve standpoint…giants fan here…im praying that payton doesnt go to san fran. alex smith leaving on top of that would be the icing on the cake.

    and from a common sense standpoint, peyton’s easiest route to the SB would be in the afc. id take my chances with brady and ben as opposed to aaron, drew, and eli.

  23. mumakata says: Mar 18, 2012 8:41 AM

    Ugggghhhhh, don’t waste the money, Phins.

  24. belliott07 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:42 AM

    Harbaugh’s Jedi mind trick to land Tebow. This is getting ridiculous.

  25. jmak79 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:44 AM

    If I were Flynn I’d hold out to be the runner up for San Francisco. Let Miami take Smith, Harbaugh made him.

  26. tres79 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:45 AM

    How fun would it be to see both Smith and Manning sign elsewhere?

  27. rj5352882 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:45 AM

    I wold think this is a good indication Manning is going to San Fran. Manning would be stupid not to. The money is the same everywhere, and it is without a doubt his best chance to go to the super bowl. As long as he can beat Eli anyway. Not so sure about that.

  28. neupower says: Mar 18, 2012 8:46 AM

    I wonder if this move is to get Flynn at a cheaper price. Flynn obviously wants to sign with the Dolphins and Miami is trying to get him at a fair cap value. Either one of these guys is not the answer for the Dolphins. Its a shame they can’t lose enough to draft a franchise QB.

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:47 AM

    Well good for him, I wouldn’t wait around for a team either u gotta shop yrself around, now if alex signs wth dolphins and glynn signs wth Seattle and Peyton signs wth titans or broncos, then who’s left for the 2013 already proclaimed champs 49ers then? Curtis painter? Jim harbough ,don’t get left at the alter ..lol

  30. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 18, 2012 8:48 AM

    “owning this season?”- major reach. lucky last year.

  31. mrv072 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:49 AM

    Wow. Both Manning and Smith are both represented by Tom Condon and Condon could ultimately cost the 49ers a solid QB if Smith decides on the Dolphins today and Manning goes to the Broncos or Titans. Then who plays QB for the 49ers?

  32. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 18, 2012 8:49 AM

    wow…sf will either be a superbowl favorite or the favorite to draft in the top 10 next year…..looks like its going to be one or the other.

  33. kbritt18 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:50 AM

    The Titans approve this move. Please visit Seattle also.

  34. djdvd says: Mar 18, 2012 8:51 AM

    Please god no i would rather stick with Moore.

  35. liveordie49ers says: Mar 18, 2012 8:52 AM

    How ungrateful can someone be? The 49ers decide to look at a future hall of fame QB and this guy thinks its time to put the pressure on the organization? The 49ers organization has stuck by this bum for 7 years and just now had a barely above average season! He had a contract offer in front of him and he chose not to sign it and negotiate, if he had signed in the first place there wouldn’t be any talk of Manning at this point. I don’t care how many offensive coordinators he has had, no one being paid millions of dollars to throw the pigskin should be that bad for that long. I hope Miami does sign him, good luck making the playoffs with a guy that throws for 3,100 yards and thinks he is all of a sudden great. He only made it to the playoffs on the back of the best Defense in the league.

  36. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 18, 2012 8:52 AM

    Miami needs Flynn, he will be better than smith. Smith is a bust….otherwise SF would have signed you already. Smith has been given the most chances ever for a #1 pick and he still sucks.

  37. sweetzinger says: Mar 18, 2012 8:55 AM

    This is becoming a circus.

    This stupidity is something the Cowboys, Redskins or Jets would do.

    Smith should have signed the contract, and the 49ers should have shown serious interest in Manning before all of this. If any of it is genuine.

    I’m starting to wonder if all of this is a game.

  38. deadeye says: Mar 18, 2012 8:55 AM

    Flynn must have demanded too much money from Miami. Alex Smith is not being used by Miami to bring Flynn’s asking price down.

  39. dolphins4 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    It’s all about Manning.Peyton is worse than Brett Favre about making up his mind.They ought to put Brett and Peyton on a Sears commercial together.

  40. saints25 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:59 AM

    Good for you Alex,You cant trust your head coach “who can you trust?’NOBODY!!!!!!

  41. dumbasdirt says: Mar 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    The Dolphins are being used (again) Smith won’t sign with them

    Dolphins may also be using Smith to drive down Flynn’s asking price.

  42. greenmachin3 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:02 AM

    The 49ers gave Alex more than plenty of chances to prove himself. I understand that he has had to adapt to a different OC and Playbooks, but that shouldn’t be no reason for how he feels pressured in the pocket and conservative with his throws.

    If it weren’t for David Akers, we would have lost a lot of games last season.

    I am open for the idea of having Manning for a few years (if he stays healthy) and he can teach Kaepernick a thing or two before we start using him after Peyton is done. We didn’t draft up to pick up Kaepernick for no reason.

  43. bmoreb says: Mar 18, 2012 9:03 AM

    This could leave a lot of egg on the face of Harbaugh. He could be left standing with no QB.

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out. This is more interessting than where Peyton signs.

  44. bigsuede says: Mar 18, 2012 9:03 AM

    I’m a niner fan- and I hope Alex Smith is able to work something out with Miami. He is a really good guy.

    I don’t think the niners would be too bad off if they lose out on Smith and Manning. Both Kaepernick and Tolzien are intriguing. I don’t think it would be the end of the world for the team to add another veteran back up and just see what happens.

  45. aces79 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:07 AM

    Why would the 49ers be under pressure if Alex vists maimi thats great news let him sign there there alot more QB’s that are better than Alex Smith anybody in the free agent market as of now is better than Alex the # one priority for the 49ers is a QB

  46. cali49er707 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:11 AM

    word is that smith may have been told to start looking elsewhere because its all but official peyton’s coming !!!!
    and for if peyton doesn’t sign look for the 9ERS to possibly go after flynn or wait to see if hasslebak is cut by the titans because, last year the 9ERS went after hasslebak only for him to sign with titans, if peyton goes there!!!

  47. tigerlilac says: Mar 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    So far, the Patriots are the one team that got the better of Condon in negotiations. It will be interesting to see how he does with Manning and Smith. He needs to get them both the money and the best opportunity. For Smith, that was clearly San Fran but Condon’s pushing of the envelope in those negotiations may lose Smith that opportunity. Hard to believe Miami would sign Smith.

    Could it be that the teams are not pleased with Condon’s negotiating tactics. I usually support the players (they are the game) but wouldn’t it be interesting if all three teams pulled out of the Manning sweepstakes given the risk and cost?

  48. aces79 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:16 AM

    it doesnt matter if the 49ers dont get manning or even get that bum smith back they will win with out those qbs the 49ers won there games last year all on defence and speacial teams mean while Alex Smith didnt really do any thing to the offense except throw terrible balls

  49. saints25 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    I cant believe all you 9er fans…you talked so much crap after” Alex”beat the Saints..now your willing to take a huge chance on Peyton?Watch the video’s he can Barley turn his head,besides You really think he an Randy Moss are going to GEL? Noway he goes to the NFC..I’ll Bet you any amount of money he signs with the Titans,any takers?

  50. aphoticapex says: Mar 18, 2012 9:20 AM

    Browns should call up Smith or Flynn. Or even try for Moore. All three are viable options to compete with McCoy and could aid the Browns. Sign one of the three, draft Blackmon and RB. Browns might actually have something. (Coming from a Cincy/Carolina fan)

  51. ace3hundred says: Mar 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    chatham10 says:Mar 18, 2012 8:40 AM

    I believe that Tom Condon is the agent for both Alex Smith and Manning, he might have told Alex to interview with the Dophins as Manning is going to SF.

    ………………………………………………………………………

    Or Condon may have told him to interview there knowing Peyton will choose one of the AFC teams. This would give him some leverage as he trys to work out a deal for Smith with 49ers.

    If he waits and Peyton picks Afc team then the 49ers have all the leverage in the talks with Smith

  52. thermalito says: Mar 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    Just getting rid of Alex Smith automatically upgrades the Niners. Getting Manning would be almost unfair. The 49ers will dominate with Manning.

  53. turbodog1027 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    Is he trying out for QB?

  54. skeebo80 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    Only hope Kaep is ready because this is crazy

  55. cali49er707 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    saints25 says:
    Mar 18, 2012 9:19 AM
    I cant believe all you 9er fans…you talked so much crap after” Alex”beat the Saints..now your willing to take a huge chance on Peyton?Watch the video’s he can Barley turn his head,besides You really think he an Randy Moss are going to GEL? Noway he goes to the NFC..I’ll Bet you any amount of money he signs with the Titans,any takers?

    WHO DAT???
    WE DAT !!!!
    WE DAT TEAM DAT BEAT DEM AINTS!!!!

    …….and its barely not barley, were not making beer!!!

  56. joe3001 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    49ers are back to the West Coast Offense which Matt Hasselbeck knows inside-out.

    If Peyton chooses the Titans, SF would just get Hasselbeck who quietly had a pretty stellar 2011.

    They are only screwed if Peyton goes to Denver, Flynn goes to Seattle and Smith goes to Miami.

    That’s a lot of “Ifs”.

  57. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 9:44 AM

    Have you guys EVER watched him play before the playoffs this past season???

    GET REAL. Alex Smith played out of his head a few times last year, but he was TERRIBLE the six previous years. GET A CLUE!

    People talk like Alex Smith would be a big deal to lose. I’ve been suffering with that dude as my team’s QB for a long, long time. The Saints and Lions games last year were fantastic, but he also played games like he played against the Ravens, the second game against the Rams, and of course everyone saw him play mediocre and fail to win the NFC Championship. (He didn’t LOSE that game, but great QB’s would have WON that close game.)

    All that said, I would not MIND if Alex Smith returned next year, but (a) I sure wouldn’t be TRYING to sign him for a different team, (b) as a Niners Faithful, I won’t miss him if he’s gone, (c) Kaepernick IS ready (watch), and (d) people on here are CRAY-ZEE if they think the Niners are making a mistake!!

  58. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 9:45 AM

    thermalito says:
    Mar 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    Just getting rid of Alex Smith automatically upgrades the Niners. Getting Manning would be almost unfair. The 49ers will dominate with Manning.

    ———————————-

    I could not have said it better myself!

  59. bangitfootball says: Mar 18, 2012 9:47 AM

    You dont get Alex Smith to inject “life” into an offense. You get Alex Smith when you have a complete team already. Hes no savior thats for sure.

  60. moagecu says: Mar 18, 2012 9:49 AM

    I hope Alex chooses Dolphins and Peyton chooses Broncos, then 9ers are stuck with Kaepernick…

  61. gerdboy says: Mar 18, 2012 9:53 AM

    If they lose out on Smith and Manning, they’ll grab Josh Johnson as a stopgap for Colin

  62. electionconfidential says: Mar 18, 2012 9:57 AM

    Tired of waiting on the 49ers? Hmmm… maybe he shouldn’t have made them wait on him so long. The guy is ungrateful. Looks like Harbaugh’s efforts to build up Smith’s confidence worked TOO well…

  63. pop562 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    @saints25 I bet money the saints are going to lose their 2nd round draft pick this year and a first round draft pick the next season and suspension and fines will take effect as well…you wanna take that bet?

  64. alwaters9 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    Maybe Harbaugh is planning on suiting up and playing when the music stops and SF does not have a QB.

  65. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 18, 2012 10:01 AM

    Looks like Matt Hasselbeck might get another Super Bowl out of all this. After Alex Smith signs elsewhere and Peyton chooses the Titans, Hass will return to the West Coast. As a Titans, I can tell you the 49er fans will be pleasantly surprised by how much gas Hass still has left.

  66. jrcoop says: Mar 18, 2012 10:01 AM

    Dolphins should sign both to incentive contracts and trade Moore for a draft pick to the Manning left behinds.

  67. cletusvandam says: Mar 18, 2012 10:06 AM

    Matt Flynn, Matt Lienart, Donovan Mcnabb, Josh Jackson.These are all FA QB’s that are still available that are better than Alex Smith. If Niners don’t get Manning and lose Smith they will still be better off.

  68. colt2011 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    If Smith had signed the contract offered to him, this would not be happening. He wants 5 yrs instead of 3. He’s also now talking of getting another agent (because Condon represents Manning too). Now he’s pouting and showing some real immaturity. He did a great job last season, finally, then screws up his chances of staying in SF by holding out. Teams only wait so long before they move on. Harbaugh obviously doesn’t hold a grudge-Peyton replaced him in Indy (98). This is still a business and teams do anything to win. Harbaugh was able to sneak in under media radar to meet with Manning. They did the workout and physical, all without anyone knowing. IF Alex had signed, this new scenario would not be happening. It’s his own fault. The only 2 teams in running for PM were TEN and DEN, until SF swooped in. Manning missed a season and now is cleared to play. He’s entitled to work just as anyone is. The teams still in the running are all satisfied with the meetings, workouts, physicals or they wouldn’t be pursuing PM. If the media hadn’t stalked Manning’s every move, the circus would not have started. They are all concerned about the feelings of the QB who will get replaced. As I recall, Manning is being replaced by a rookie QB, so Colts can start over. He never envisioned leaving Indy, but he has moved on. Alex Smith is not showing good character here and his childish attitude could backfire.

  69. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    wonder if he has not visited seattle because he does not want to appear to be flirting with a division rival while he is still hoping to work out a deal with san fran.

  70. uscfan1988 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:16 AM

    Wow someone is a hater I’m sure no one agrees that Matt Lineart and Tarvaris Jackson are better than Alex

  71. thermalito says: Mar 18, 2012 10:18 AM

    The 49ers need leverage in talks with Smith? LOL. Nobody else wants him. Especially for $8 mil a year. The Niners have all the leverage.

  72. mikebe1 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:19 AM

    As a jet fan I would like to know is there anything we can do to help you sign him??? Please sign this great qb.

  73. mopar4u says: Mar 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    I’m a packer fan. I don’t get the whole Flynn thing. He’s had 2 good games. That’s it. Seems high risk to go after Flynn as your future starting QB. 49ers are dumb for not keeping Alex around. He’s not the best but he’s above average (potentially better), how many different offensive coordinators (systems) has he had? Geez, he helped take the team to the NFC champ game and there willing to drop him for some old fart that is coming off a very serious injury. Draft, develop and sustain, fill the small gaps left with free agents.

  74. nytwelve says: Mar 18, 2012 10:22 AM

    Matt Flynn, Matt Lienart, Donovan Mcnabb, Josh Jackson.These are all FA QB’s that are still available that are better than Alex Smith. If Niners don’t get Manning and lose Smith they will still be better off.

    ———————————-

    Isn’t Josh Jackson busy with that Fringe show?

  75. laeaglefan says: Mar 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    If the 49ers end up with no Manning and no Smith, say hello to Vince Young!

  76. mojosmagic says: Mar 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    And I hope that happens.

  77. cantonbound13 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:26 AM

    Atleast it’s not Tebow! You never know with Ross & Ireland running the circus, I mean show.

  78. colt2011 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    As for Miami-Dolphins claimed they wanted Manning, but unfortunately the media hysteria got in the way. Guy just gets released from the ONLY team he’s ever played for and is greeted hours later by helicopters and media vehicles chasing him. He’s not a fugitive, nor does he like a lot of attention. Thus Philbin met him in Indy, as far away as he could get from Miami media. Dolphins have lost out on high profile, key personnel more than once recently. That’s not a good sign. Sure Flynn knows the coach, but he’s only started in 2 games. What does that prove? Smith’s visit is pure sour grapes. He had a great team in front of him, he was offered a contract and held out. He has no one to blame but himself. From what Moore showed last season, he’s currently better than Flynn or Smith. Don’t hear him whining or complaining about potentially being replaced. This is just the usual QB carousel that happens every year.

  79. promickey says: Mar 18, 2012 10:33 AM

    Wow, if Alex Smith signs with Miami because he knows he will be their starting QB for years to come. Then Denver signs Manning, Harbaugh will be without a QB for the returning Randy Moss. I guess Harbaugh thinks what Brian Billick did to Trent Dilfer after his Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens was a class act with sound reasoning.

  80. jlv3gem says: Mar 18, 2012 10:44 AM

    I’ve never really saw a team in a Pickle like the 49Ers are right now. Makes the offseason a bit more interesting rather than a bunch of millions guaranteed!

  81. cme4 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    It’s very simple. If the 9ers don’t get PM/AS they will go sign Josh Johnson. He played for JH in college and wants a chance to start.

  82. jeffesky says: Mar 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    Harbaugh is a very very good coach but he’s a total JERK!!!! Always has been, see colts circa 90’s before peyton. he was a whiny jerk then too.

  83. mackie66 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    The only reason Alex Smith didnt make it to the super bowl was the 49er defense couldnt stop anybody during the playoffs and last time I looked Smith didnt play DB position. I like Flynn, but Alex Smith has experience Flynn doesnt. AaawwwwRRrrright Miami.

  84. jeziyo247 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    I hope smith ditch the niners like they apparently ditched him and sign with the phins. He lead them to the NFC championship and because if 2 fumbles not caused by him, they want to kick him to the curve for manning. Theses is worser than tebows situation, I hope manning don’t sign with the niners and then they’ll go from 13-3 with smith to 3-13 with Kirkpatrick. Theres a business side of the NFL and then theres loyalty, at lease the broncos let be know that they were interest in manning when he was release instead of a secret workout.

  85. fran021 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    upyoursnfu says:

    Imagine all the cranky baby faces Jim Horrible will be making if Alex signs with the Dolphins and Peyton chooses another team.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    On the other hand, imagine all the cranky baby faces we’ll get if Peyton with the 49ers! Between Manning and Harbaugh it will be quite the show. especially with Peyton ignoring Harbaugh and doing his own thing.

  86. bigsuede says: Mar 18, 2012 11:04 AM

    I totally forgot about Josh Johnson- the niners are fine. Johnson, kaep, and tolzian are not bad if the manning thing doesnt go.

  87. borderline1988 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:05 AM

    I like SF’s move here.
    Let’s be honest, Alex Smith is nothing but a journeyman QB (at best). He was never good before last season, and the only reason why he was decent this season is b/c SF runs the ball very well (most of his downs are handing off the ball to his RB’s – that’s why he had so few interceptions).
    Losing him isn’t the biggest deal – there’s a number of free agent veteran journeyman QBs who could easily fill the role that he played last year.
    The payoff of landing Peyton is huge. They will instantly become Super Bowl favourites.

    This is a risk vs. reward decision. And the risk is simply too small to be worth worrying about when you think about the reward.

  88. killitandeatit says: Mar 18, 2012 11:06 AM

    49ers sign Smith and make swamp boy decide between the two ugly sisters. Total poker time right now. 49ers are gambling for the hottie but could end up like a couple of my friends :Dutiful wife leaves hottie moves on to the next fling. Now you write a check once a month for the rest of your life to remind you of your folly….and poor decision making.

  89. nineroutsider says: Mar 18, 2012 11:11 AM

    I am in the minority here, but I prefer Alex over Manning. Don’t get my wrong, if Peyton is all the right I will be stoked, but Alex at $8 mil/year is a great deal and leaves the team room to do more. I want them to get Tolbert as well.

    Peyton will suck down any available cap space. They can win with Alex. He’s never had WRs and he will be better than last year with the 9ers and another year in Harbaugh’s system. Alex won’t create a circus.

    9ers tell Peyton today it’s time to you know what or get off the pot. I like Smith and Keap and feel Alex will prove himself yet again. I never thought Manning would play again, man was I wrong, but Alex was the most sacked QB in football last year, lets not forget that. Can Manning handle that (you’re right it probably won’t happen to him, but if it does can he handle it physically)?

  90. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:13 AM

    Hilarious…..so somehow in all this Smith is being wronged by Harbaugh and SF?! First, Smith has had 8 years and Harbaugh gave him a shot last year. Second..he was offered a 3 year deal by SF MORE THAN ADEQUATE based on his history, Lastly, Manning is a HOF QB..why is Smith somehow a victim?! And remember…at least SF is the only team between DEN and TN without their #1 QB not under contract and trying to get Manning..so year SF is the classless ones. . So enjoy your 49ers and Harbaugh deserved to get burned routine…and remember all the Smith crap talk last year about it was Harbaugh who made him

  91. damce1 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:18 AM

    Why does everybody place the blame on the niners? They had no interest in PM they offered Alex a contract… that he said he liked…. yet didnt sign. So the niners went after PM.

    This tells me that they are ok with Alex walking with or w/o PM and would suggest that they are ok with Kap taking over.

  92. paydrt says: Mar 18, 2012 11:19 AM

    Chances are the reason for the delay in Manning making an announcement are because they are hammering out the details of the contract. He’ll be a 49er.

  93. thcnote says: Mar 18, 2012 11:21 AM

    All I know is the 9rs better have a QB that can put the ball right in Randy’s hands because he will give no effort to go and get it. And if it’s not right in his hands he will be the Randy Moss of 2 years ago. It all blows up this year in San Fran. Mark my words Crabtree will be a problem this year.

  94. nflgreedleague says: Mar 18, 2012 11:32 AM

    This just makes the most sense for all parties.

    Flynn to Miami
    Smith to Seattle
    Manning to Tenn
    Tannehill to Cleveland (1st)
    Weeden to Denver (2nd)
    SF, oh well go for the gusto!

  95. beeronthefridge says: Mar 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    Whether the dolphins sign flynn, smith, tannehill or any rookie, the fins will be superior to the jests as a team and at the qb position. The proof is that the fins whipped the jests in the final game of the season in a must win game for the jests to make the playoffs.

    With “I like hot dogs” flanchez and coach “el gordo” ryan, jests are destined to the cellar of the afc east.

    Fireman ed, that living caricature, will be screaming J-E-T-S SUCK SUCK SUCK!

  96. goldrush36 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    There are 3 facts to remember here:
    1. Most 49ers players who choose Condon do so because he has a long history of getting deals done with the team.
    2. Alex has had the contract on the table for a while so there is a high posibility that Condon is pushing Manning to SF and Smith elsewhere as it is more lucrative than having another CAA client like Tebow traded.
    3. Harbaugh will plug in Manning, Smith, Kaepernick, Tolzien, Josh Johnson, Flynn, or the local grocery bagger and they will still be successful. Alex played well but most of it was the Defense and ST that carried them that far

  97. go49ers says: Mar 18, 2012 11:36 AM

    Before 49ers even decided to jump in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes – Smith was offered a contract initially. He held back & didn’t sign. To me, that was his chance to negotiate. In the end, whoever the 49ers sign is all good with me.

    Wish Smith all the best if decides to go to the Phins or Seahawks.

  98. trojan33sc says: Mar 18, 2012 11:52 AM

    Colin Kaepernick can throw for a TON, if given the chance ! If both Peyton & Smith are gone, Harbaugh will coach him up as his ego will not let him fail for having lost the “Peyton Sweepstakes” and Smith to Miami. Colin has “skills” write it down.

  99. moneymike23 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:58 AM

    Don’t forget Niners still have Kapernick if Smith and Peyton choose new teams.

  100. rtk23 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:59 AM

    Is there any chance this is Mannings plan all along? String sf along, Alex smith goes elsewhere, Peyton chooses another team, and leaves sf without a qb. Who does that benifit? ELI.

  101. mullman7675 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:59 AM

    Alex Smith has been dealing with this his entire career. He is a decent QB who deserves better- he should jump ship and stick it to the 49ers. If they sign Manning, he will be released anyway.

  102. mullman7675 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:02 PM

    Please football gods, make this happen. Flynn to the Seahawks, Manning to the Titans, Smith to the Dolphins. Only then would it turn into the best offseason ever…

  103. Nevis says: Mar 18, 2012 12:05 PM

    dhsbennett says:
    Mar 18, 2012 8:30 AM
    SF would be in a world of hurt if Smith leaves town and Manning chooses SOMEONE ELSE.

    —————————

    Wrong. Alex’s year was 80% coaching, 20% Smith.

    If the 49ers lose out on both QBs, they will sign Josh Johnson, who Harbaugh made a great QB with SD State and he and Kaep will compete for the job.

    As Ray Ratto put it, Alex has never been the right guy, he was just the right guy now.

  104. flik44 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:05 PM

    Big Niner fan here and I have always been an Alex backer, but this is Peyton F. Manning. Roll the dice.

    If Alex signs with someone else, we’ll manage. Niners have had a deal on the table for awhile. If Manning chooses Tennessee, Hasselbeck becomes available.

    I’d love to have Alex back, but this is Peyton F. Manning.

    I wonder how Condon is working this whole thing since Manning and Smith are his clients?? Maybe that’s why Alex is visiting Miami today… Condon told him SF is set at QB.

  105. mullman7675 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:09 PM

    @colts2011:
    You could not be more incorrect. The agency that represents both Peyton and Alex is doing ALEX a disservice by not looking out for his best interest. Alex Smith has every right to look for a new agent, and at this point, it is well advised to do so. Just like you said, it’s a business, and right now Alex is getting screwed by his representation.

  106. patsfiend says: Mar 18, 2012 12:10 PM

    It has to be torture being a Phins fan right now. For their own sake, I hope they don’t “break the bank” on either of these guys.

    At this point, you guys should just bottom out and got for Barkley, just like those bum Colts did this year for Luck.

  107. flik44 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:11 PM

    “Who’s gonna be quarterbacking for us??? NOBODY!!!”

  108. jimbo75025 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:12 PM

    mopar4u says:
    Mar 18, 2012 10:20 AM
    I’m a packer fan. I don’t get the whole Flynn thing. He’s had 2 good games. That’s it. Seems high risk to go after Flynn as your future starting QB. 49ers are dumb for not keeping Alex around. He’s not the best but he’s above average (potentially better), how many different offensive coordinators (systems) has he had? Geez, he helped take the team to the NFC champ game and there willing to drop him for some old fart that is coming off a very serious injury. Draft, develop and sustain, fill the small gaps left with free agents.
    _____________________

    Hmm, as a Packer fan you must have a short memory. If my memory is correct, your team pushed aside a first ballot HOF’er for a guy who had about one half of NFL experience (vs the Cowboys) and spent the rest of his time riding the bench or on IR. Things seem to have worked out OK there though?

  109. dolphinpains84 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:27 PM

    Do we get Ted Ginn again too that would be great. Get 1 teams first rd bust and the Phins reunited with one of our first round busts

  110. saints25 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    @pop562…I’ll bet you they dont….an my bet was Mannings going to the Titans….Archie will let yall know Monday…Get ready Titan Fans…’ROCKY TOP”

  111. peepeetoucher says: Mar 18, 2012 12:34 PM

    Harbaugh’s ego is going to hurt the niners eventually I think. He’s been so pump up this last year by people, that he might believe he can put anyone at QB and win if he strikes out with PM. For niners fans I hope he can.

  112. bedmanokc says: Mar 18, 2012 12:49 PM

    You know he WAS a former 1st overall pick. Not that it means anything or much. BUT. He also NEVER had any constancy at OC or overall path, during his entire time in the NFL.

    I could care less about the guy personally and I’m not a SF fan.

    But, Id love to see that guy tell SF to p*ss off and head somewhere else and turn out a Hall of Fame career.

    That would be just and awesome, for them jerking with him. AGAIN. After all the loyalty the guy has shown the team.

    But, what do i know.

  113. jaredo10 says: Mar 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    Last offensive player named Smith on the Dolphins was Lamar Smith

  114. lcniner says: Mar 18, 2012 1:06 PM

    Does anybody seriously think that the 49ers offered Alex Smith a fair contract! If they did he would have signed it. More than likely they low balled him and offered him a backup contract because they knew they were going after Manning. And with them sharing the same agent, Im sure Smith knew they were going after Manning too, but he played the part and waited. Now he knows Manning is signing. But dont blame Smith for not signing the contract earlier. It was never a legitimate offer.

  115. cliffordc05 says: Mar 18, 2012 1:24 PM

    Smith proved last year that he can make tough throws in close games and make them in the fourth quarter He made a late throw against Seattle that was thirty yards down the sideline to basically win the game. It was every bit as good as Eli Manning’s throw to Maningham in the Super Bowl. The 49ers opened up the offense as the year towards the end of the year and Smith responded. At the same time I understand the team not wanting to give him a long term deal for the same reason Seattle won’t give Flynn a long term deal.

  116. bigjdve says: Mar 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    I would love to see Smith fire Condon, which would be right. I am sorry, I know Condon represents Manning and Smith – however it is a real conflict of interests right now and isn’t doing right by smith.

    I would then love to see Smith going to Miami or Seattle.

    And last but not least, I would love to see Manning go to Denver or Tennessee.

    That would be just frickin awesome.

  117. cletusvandam says: Mar 18, 2012 1:35 PM

    @nytwelve
    I meant Josh Johnson, but Josh Jackson is probably a better QB than Alex Smith is, plus Fringe is gonna get cancelled so he might be looking for work.
    My overall point being there are plenty of average QB’s out there. Alex Smith isn’t someone you don’t chase Peyton Manning for, and if he doesn’t like it and leaves it’s no big loss.

  118. itsmebobd says: Mar 18, 2012 1:38 PM

    If the worst scenario for the 49’ers happens, and Alex Smith signs with the dolphins, and for some weird reason peyton manning does choose another team, prob would only be the titans, it looks like Colin Kaeperninck will need to develop real quick into a starting QB. I think CK isn’t ready to take the starting reins, but in SF it shouldn’t be too hard to be efficient, heck alex smith did it right?

  119. socal9er says: Mar 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    Let’s not forget here that the 49ers have had a 3 year deal on the table for Alex for a few weeks now and he didn’t sign it. If he had, the Niners never enter the Manning chase. I assume they are prepared to throw Kap in there if both go elsewhere with Tolzen the backup…..yikes!

  120. sixjak says: Mar 18, 2012 2:59 PM

    moagecu says:
    Mar 18, 2012 9:49 AM
    I hope Alex chooses Dolphins and Peyton chooses Broncos, then 9ers are stuck with Kaepernick…

     _________________________

    Be careful of what you wish for, hater. Kaep jes might become your worst nightmare if you’re dreaming for the demise of the 49ers.

    We all will know soon enough how this plays out. LOLing at all of the “I can’t stand Harbaugh” comments. How does one hate another whom they’ve never met nor really know anything about? I mean really, how much do any of you Harbaugh haters know about the guy? Have you ever met him? Did he act like a jerk to you?

  121. mr49er1981 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    I’m ok with Kaepernick… The 49er Defense is who got us to the ship!

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