Both SI.com’s Peter King and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald are reporting that free agent quarterback Alex Smith has been in contract negotiations with the Dolphins on Monday.
King heard that Smith is “very serious” about the possibility of playing for the Dolphins. Per Salguero, Smith has told folks he’d strongly consider joining the Fins “under the right circumstances.”
In other words, on the grounds that the Dolphins fulfill Smith’s contract demands.
On Sunday night, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that the Dolphins had already begun monetary talks with Smith, and a deal could enter the $8 million-per-season range on a multi-year contract.
Smith initially had a three-year, $24 million deal on the table with the 49ers. Whether that remains the case is unknown, but it’s pretty clear Miami is willing to meet the annual average originally proposed by San Francisco. And after whiffing on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, the quarterback-needy Dolphins are taking an aggressive approach.