Harbaugh says no hard feelings with Alex Smith

AP

Alex Smith lost all of his negotiating leverage with San Francisco when the Seahawks and Dolphins signed Matt Flynn and David Garrard, respectively. Smith should consider himself lucky the 49ers didn’t play hardball.

The NFL Network is reporting that Smith and the Niners have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a three-year contract worth about $8 million per season.

While he stopped short of confirming the contract’s completion Tuesday night, coach Jim Harbaugh insisted that the 49ers’ failed pursuit of Peyton Manning, which allegedly “upset” Smith, won’t affect the coach-quarterback relationship moving forward.

It’s been a good — strong relationship, as always,” Harbaugh said, per CSNBayArea.com. “It’s a very strong relationship.

Nothing’s changed.”

Smith has no room for maintaining hurt feelings. The 49ers could have squeezed him after the Manning, Flynn, and Garrard signings, but they chose not to. For a quarterback with a losing career record and one legitimately good season among seven, Smith couldn’t have been treated more fairly.

94 responses to “Harbaugh says no hard feelings with Alex Smith

  1. Harbaugh: “We had a chance to sign Peyton Manning, you know, Peyton Manning? One of the best ever?”
    Smith: “Ohhhh, that Peyton Manning. OK, I’m not mad anymore, that would be retarded.”

  2. “Nothing’s changed.”

    That is HIS opinion…

    I want to hear what Smith has to say……if anything?

  3. Everyone has an ego and nobody likes it when it’s kicked…..but come one Alex, it’s not like they tried to replace you with just anybody. Peyton! A guy that you’ll never be. Feel lucky you still got descent money on a good team for an otherwise mediocre career at best.

  4. Now wipe the tears away, get y’r head on straight, back up and improve on last season because young Colin is going to be nipping at your ass

  5. For as long as the Niners have hung in there through thick and thin with Alex, I would think he would understand them trying to get arguably one of the best QBs ever.

  6. Maybe Alex has hard feeling towards Harbaugh.
    49ers were lucky they still had a chance to sign him back, or they would have been in a bit of bother.
    They got lucky.

  7. Let’s not forget that this is the same deal that’s been on the table for weeks. Alex is lucky that the 49ers didn’t move on, with their 2011 2nd round pick Kaepernick on the bench.

  8. If this were a Dolphins QB we would be hearing about how horrible the FO is for treating their QB this way, however.

  9. How can u play seven misserable seasons and still have a job period?? wheres all the teams who needed a qb? this guys a loser,loser,loser.,…. 49ers have wasted a decade with this clown,

  10. Sure…I can imagine how that went, “Hey, Alex, don’t believe the rumors, we didn’t try and replace you with about 5 other QB’s…no, no, no, you’re our quarterback…”

  11. His play on the field will tell us how he really feels about what his relationship with coach truly is, as well as the entire locker room. Team captains have there hands full. Lets get behind our team and get back to work. .

  12. That being said, can we bring in Josh Johnson too and let the four of them compete? And may the *best* man win!

  13. According to all nonsense sources… ” no body wants to play for Miami” I wonder how Smith feels being the only Player that Miami did not to play for them.. Good luck to you and I am not hating on the 9ers, but as Thomas Wolfe once said, ” you can never go home again”.

  14. How does Alex Smith not understand that having 1 “decent” year out of 6 does not make you irreplaceable, especially when the team has an opportunity to go after one of the greatest of all time… You know…. Someone who actually had 11 out of 12 GREAT years.

    Sometimes Im convinced pro-athletes are just clueless

  15. He couldn’t have been treated more fairly? When has a first overall pick ever been treated so UNfairly? First he has to adjust to all those different OC’s and Head Coaches. When he finally gets one that he trusts, he gets them to the NFC Championship and when he blinks, they try to replace him. Sure, the guy has underachieved, but he’s also dealt with a fair amount of adversity as well. The dude deserves every penny of that contract…

  16. Damage control, we like u, but like Peyton bad neck and all better, but we knew nobody wanted u, so u was our plan C

  17. 2012 will be Smith’s breakout year.

    First time in his NFL career that he’ll have an OC/Offensive System carry over into a 2nd season.

    Second year playing for an offensive minded head coach who was brilliant at catering to Smith’s strengths and masking his weaknesses.

    Moss/Manningham/Crabtree/Davis/Walker/Gore/Hunter. Best weapons at his disposal in his career.

    He was solid last year (despite the redzone struggles that went late into the year, until the offense started practicing against the NFL’s #1 defense-a defense that retains all 11 starters)

    The 49ers may not win the Superbowl, but Alex should build upon last year’s success and prove all you haters wrong.

  18. You mean being treated like a punk is cool? Whatever. Smith did nothing wrong. He was a free agent and his job was about to be gone. He had look, didn’t he? He wasn’t spewing crap in the media nor was he issuing ultimatums. Dude was trying to insure his financial future. After the Manning fiasco, could Smith be expected to buy-in to believing his contract would even be honored. I don’t think so. Harbaugh was stuck in the middle.
    Quit siding with an owner who screwed-up.

  19. Smith has no room for maintaining hurt feelings. The 49ers could have squeezed him after the Manning, Flynn, and Garrard signings, but they chose not to. For a quarterback with a losing career record and one legitimately good season among seven, Smith
    couldn’t have been treated more fairly.”
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    Agreed!! If it wasnt for Harbaugh this guy would be holding a clip board with a backward hat in a place that he doesn’t like making 2nd-3rd stringer $. Don’t get why is being a little b-itch… Niners have given him SOOO many chances…

  20. Part of the reason Alex had been so bad the 6yrs was that the niners have sucked for the last ten years. they couldn’t have won with Montana as their QB with those teams.

  21. Your jerk a guy around all over the place but you have no hard feelings?

    You should be making nice with him – and gave him a little bonus for all the jerking around you did, not just the same contract you offered before. Doesn’t have to be huge, but a signing bonus would have been a nice gesture. Hell, you could have even made a donation to his favorite charity and then wrote it off your taxes.

    But, but, but, it was Payton Manning! And who got you deep into the playoffs last year? It sure wasn’t Payton Manning.

  22. No one noticed but the Niners never formally made any public statements regarding the pursuit of Peyton Manning during the time Alex was an unsigned FA. If Alex should be mad at anyone, it’s his agent Tom Condon.

    With that said, i’m happy Alex is back.

  23. “yes, no hard feelings……where do I sign……Here? , O.K. Thanx……..scribble….scribble….a$_h@le$” – Alex Smith@Contract signing today.

  24. laxcoach37 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:40 PM

    According to all nonsense sources… ” no body wants to play for Miami” I wonder how Smith feels being the only Player that Miami did not to play for them.. Good luck to you and I am not hating on the 9ers, but as Thomas Wolfe once said, ” you can never go home again”.

    ______________________________________

    How convenient you leave out the FACT that he skipped town without signing their contract proposal reportedly worth the same money and opted to wait for Peyton to make a decision first

  25. What hurt feelings? Nonsense. Before all these manning derby, there was an genuine offer on the table full one week earlier. Instead of signing the deal Alex listened to Tom Condon and he used him big time, to get his top client top $$ by creating a fake competition. After manning got signed, Alex was again made to stiff arm 49ers by discussing contract with ‘doll pins’ and this guy fell for it. If alex is hurt so be it. Now that he has signed with 49ers, shut up and get to work. Thank god Harbaugh, Trent and York are gentlemen and did not withdraw the offer on the table. If you do not know how to thank god, call denver and consult Tim Tebow!!

  26. How does it feel to be Smith’s backup now? In case they missed the memo: We think you suck.

  27. haha look at all the loser fans of other teams. raiders, seahawks, etc. i’d be jealous too if i were you.

    hate on Harbaugh because he made a move to try and benefit the team. do you guys ever use your brains?

  28. raiderrob21 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:12 PM

    The Whiners just threw away the season. Alice will be released next year.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

    ———————————————

    You’re right, they should of just traded their 1st and 2nd round draft picks for a QB that is way past his prime. You guys did it last year and it worked wonders.

  29. To give Smith some credit – he has had a new OC basically every year he has been in San Francisco and he entered the NFL at an extremely young age. I think that Miami would have made him the starter if he chose to go there (Garrard or not), but, overall, he was wise to go back to the Niners.

  30. Cry not for Alex . He is a $100,000,000, many times over playing for the Genghis Khan of head coaches. He has his chance to improve and raise his stock. He will have one of the best group of offense players to support him. He will also have the best defense the N.F.L. has to offer. If not ? Alex would tell you “it’s been one hall of a ride”.

  31. Raiderrob,

    You do realize you are a RAIDER fan. That’s embarrassing in itself. People act like he wasn’t offered a contract weeks ago BEFORE going after Manning. Alex sat on the contract so they looked elsewhere. Go draft another track star

  32. And what leverage did San Fran have in the end? They would’ve been stuck with some scrub at QB if Smith had moved on to a place like Miami or Jacksonville. There was nobody left to go after once Manning and Flynn signed elsewhere. Garrard? Haha okay. The botom line is that neither the 49ers or Smith had any leverage left as it pertains to that particular relationship.

    And Smith wasn’t exactly handed a good situation in San Fran until Harbaugh got there…..for those claiming he should take what he gets and like it. How many offensive coordinators since he got there? How many different offensive systems? The Mike Singletary reign of terror? Last year Smith showed what could’ve been all along if the 49ers hadn’t been such a clusterf*#k of an organization.

  33. vontazemebro says:
    Mar 20, 2012 10:22 PM
    Financial apology?

    —————————————

    As I’ve stated 3-4 times on here over the last 4 days, the 49ers offer would not change one penny and it didn’t.

    Exact same deal they put down last week. Classic, clinical 49ers FO.

  34. He should have played hard ball himself evan! This is the best chance they have at getting to the big game and they would not get there without him.

  35. Looks like more of the same in frisco. D puts sf in good field position, offense comes in, hand-off, dink, dunk, get in the redzone, 0 tds and 5 field goals.

  36. I’m glad he’s coming back. I have a feeling he’s going to have a great season. Granted, the feeling’s not based on anything, but there you go.

    I wish the Niners had a quippy tag line like Oakland. Nothing matches the eloquence of unprovoked and unoriginal insults with that splendid RAIDERS NATION at the end. Never have so many people been so proud of so much mediocrity.

  37. The only real thing to say about this is, duh.

    Us 49er fans can only hope a full training camp with Harbaugh, plus the new weapons we got and will acquire, will make Smith even better than last year. As long as he plays mistake free, we can make just as far, if not all the way.

  38. This kid has gone through alot of drama in his career (drama being low points). It would be a nice feel-good story to see him put up a few stat laden winning seasons just to silence his many critics.

    Scratch that my team is in his division….back to your accustom sub-par performance levels please thanks.

  39. The 49ers did Smith dirty. Smith has had some poor coaching in his NFL career and showed this past year he is capable of playing. What the 49ers did to him is insulting. I hope when and if the 49ers actually have sustained success that Smith repays them with a holdout and a raised middle finger.

  40. The NFL generates billions of dollars a year and makes the professional sport of football one of the best sports on the planet so let’s not forget that this is a BUSINESS first. The teams, not the agents, not the players, not the media set the value of these players. Alex Smith is not the first player to be insulted when the team shopped around for a difference maker at any position… that’s their job. And to be fair, no one ‘wronged’ anyone in this predicament – not Peyton, not Harbaugh, not York, not Baalke, not Alex Smith and no one should take anything personally, not even Tebow. This is ‘part of the process’. I’m personally proud to be a 49er fan again. I’m proud of Baalke, Jed York and especially Jim Harbaugh who’s probably gotten the most inappropriate flak in all of this. They continue to be all business which is exactly what made this team great in the 80’s and 90’s. Fans eventually learned not to question Bill Walsh’s brash personnel moves. His model set a standard for NFL franchises to follow as a business operation during his tenure and the most successful teams of this new age (post 80’s and 90’s) like NE, PIT, GB, NYG, etc have all adopted and expanded on his business-like approach. But there was a time when fans called him all the same names some ‘fans’ here are labeling the 49ers with. I’m glad Alex is back. He and most unbiased fans are confident he’ll improve in his 2nd season under the same system for the first time in his career. If he doesn’t, certainly there are other QBs who can and will succeed with the solid structure York, Baalke and Harbaugh have established with this new generation 49er team.

  41. OK Alex, now go out there and expand on your fine playoff performances (6 TD / No int.) Remember the $40 millions you already pocketed the last 7 years.

  42. While it’s true that the team has stuck with Smith longer than any other team would have, it’s understandable that it would be confusing to Smith for this to be happening now, after his most successful season ever – coming within a few plays of the Super Bowl.

    Hopefully there’s solace in the fact that only the (arguably) greatest QB of all time could make them look away from him. Without Manning on the market, he’d have been re-signed without any question.

  43. Man spends his entire life looking for the woman of his dreams! And gets married in the process!

    ‘Hairbrain’ showed his true colors on this one! Not a snowball’s chance in hell there will be the same dynamic in 2013!!!

  44. I’m sure harbaugh doesn’t think there is hard feelings. Will see on the field if smith thinks there are hard feeling.

  45. Of course Smith still has a right to be upset that he’s stuck playing for that drama queen Jim “Rex Ryan” Harbaugh.

  46. Give Alex Smith some $8M/year break. The QB is only as good as the offensive line, the receivers and coaches. You want proof, watch Superbowl XLVI again to see how NE Patriots lost that game.

    It is a team sport, everyone needs to do their task, the game will need to be managed to your advantage. (what do you think running the clock down is….cannot decide what to pick on the menu?)

    Now…if I were Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Colin Kaepernick, I will go back old school training like Joe Montana, start hanging old tires and practice throwing balls thru them to improve my accuracy.

  47. 8 million to a guy with a losing career record and one good playoff run… he’s lucky the 49’ers have stuck with him over all these losing years, he clearly never lived up to before last season his potential coming out of college. go 49’ers

  48. Anyone saying the Niners are lucky to resign Alex is being a bit ridiculous. As a Niner fan I am glad to keep our team in tact, but Josh Johnson could throw 18 TD passes a season on our team too. Alex justs needs to suck it up; like all us fans did for 7 seasons of no playoff appearances.

  49. Alex justs needs to suck it up; like all us fans did for 7 seasons of no playoff appearances

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    You are delusional if you actually believe Smith was the big problem there. The 49ers are barely a step above the the Raiders when it comes to quality of management. Ever notice you NEVER hear the 49ers mentioned with the likes of Pittsburgh, New England, Green Bay, or the New York Giants when the subject of front office management comes up? Because if anybody ever did bring up the 49ers in that discussion they’d be laughed out of the room. All you guys did was hire a good head coach, but aside from that nothing has changed at the top. The front office is still a joke and that’s why those other teams have been winning multiple Super Bowls and being consistent contenders while the 49ers have been a laughing stock and hollow shell of what they used to be back in the pre-cap era.

  50. eye8…

    how can you say nothings changed and they are the laughing stock? Balke, and Harbaugh both got awards for GM and coach of the year. You saw it with your own eyes. The record spesks for itself. Whether you like it or not, the team just had big signings to help the team further. We had one of the biggest offseasons to date, and would of had the one of all time had PM thought about getting to the superbowl quicker as opposed to possibly facing his brother.

    The game is cyclical, and the 9ers are on the way up.

  51. the 49ers are back to their winning ways and they’re continuously improving each year. When the niners were doing bad for the past 8 seasons fans from other teams didn’t fear them. Now they’re becoming successful again, fear is instilled in the minds of the rival fans. Fear constitute hate and these bitter rival fans are going to hate. Bring it on ladies, the niners are here to stay and don’t be surprise if the niners go all the way and win it all.

  52. Smith sucks and lacks balls. He & niner’s deserve each other. They will crash and burn this year.

  53. What we really need in SF is someone to convert third downs and red zone opportunities. I cringe to think of how last season might have gone if we didn’t have an all-pro kicker…

  54. @eyeh8tegoodell. You’re name screams ‘arrogant tool’ and you just proved it with your ignorant comments:

    “Ever notice you NEVER hear the 49ers mentioned with the likes of Pittsburgh, New England, Green Bay, or the New York Giants when the subject of front office management comes up? Because if anybody ever did bring up the 49ers in that discussion they’d be laughed out of the room. All you guys did was hire a good head coach, but aside from that nothing has changed at the top. The front office is still a joke and that’s why those other teams have been winning multiple Super Bowls and being consistent contenders while the 49ers have been a laughing stock and hollow shell of what they used to be back in the pre-cap era.

    You just compared the new 49er brass who all took over at the end of 2010 / beg of 2011 (York, Baalke and Harbaugh) with the Raiders?? LMFAO.

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