Alex Smith “not offended at all” that 49ers tried to get Peyton

AP

Now that he’s signed a three-year contract to remain the 49ers’ quarterback, Alex Smith said it doesn’t bother him that his team hoped to sign Peyton Manning instead.

“Not offended at all,” Smith said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “In fact, I would have relished the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job with Peyton Manning.”

The reality, of course, is that Smith wouldn’t have had that opportunity: If Manning had chosen the 49ers, the team would have said sayonara to Smith, made Manning the starter and let Colin Kaepernick back him up.

But that’s in the past, and now 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says there are no hard feelings, and Smith says the two of them have warm feelings toward each other.

“As good as they’ve always been and getting better,” Smith said. “The thing from day one when I first met coach Harbaugh is he’s always been up front and always been honest with me and has continued to do that through this entire process. It’s one of the reasons I love playing for him.”

And after a rough first week of free agency, now Smith can get back to playing for Harbaugh.

47 responses to “Alex Smith “not offended at all” that 49ers tried to get Peyton

  1. He should have flown to Seattle last Saturday morning instead of Miami. He would have gotten more money from the Seahawks and he would have been able to stick it to the 49ers twice a year.
    Instead Matt Flynn cashed in on his bad decision.

  2. Alex Smith “competing” with Peyton Manning for the starting QB job is like me “competing” against Kate Upton in a wet T-shirt contest.

  3. Harbaugh? Up front and honest? Compete with Manning for the starting job? Who exactly is he trying to convince?

  4. “In fact, I would have relished the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job with Peyton Manning.”

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    Did he also say he’d like to compete for the affections of his wife with Ryan Gossling?

  5. Well, Dolphins fans should be offended that their team can’t get a quarterback not named Peyton!!!!

  6. Yeah right! What a load of BS those comments are. Compete with Manning? You havent competed for your job all 7 years, its been handed to you because the Whiners have no other option. They took you #1 overall! And passed on Aaron Roders!

  7. Alex Smith “not offended at all” that 49ers tried to get Peyton
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    He’s lying. But not as badly as Hairbow does, the a$$ clown. Hairbow’s lies hurt others.

  8. Come on now, time for a reality check people. Heres the truth of the matter the 49ers went out and got two great receivers in Randy Moss and Manningham to go along with Michael Crabtree and Vernan Davis. This as we all know was set up for the quarterback God Peyton Manning, well Payton went for the Money over the Championships so it looks like Alex smith will get to enjoy the spoils of the 49ers decisions on the receiver aquisitions they made, and quit frankly he had no other takers. So now Alex its time to step up your game and prove that your no fluke. And remember the great line from the Movie Gladiator: “Win the Crowd win you Freedom” So now go out there and prove them all wrong and bring us 2 to 3 more Super Bowls.

  9. This is really the only thing he could say… and by “competing with” i’m sure he meant “learning from” Peyton.
    I think if they had signed Peyton, it would have been smart to keep Smith too. He could learn from the best and Colin was a cheap second round pick, there is not rush to have him start over Smith. (not sure they could have with the salary cap, but having Colin in the wings would not have been the reason to dump Smith)

  10. @dumbasdirt says:
    Mar 22, 2012 8:31 AM
    He should have flown to Seattle last Saturday morning instead of Miami. He would have gotten more money from the Seahawks and he would have been able to stick it to the 49ers twice a year.
    Instead Matt Flynn cashed in on his bad decision.

    “Dumb decision”? Well Flynn pretty much got the same deal as Smith got, that’s one reason Smith felt he deserved more money, and yes, it is Smith’s bad not to take the same money and go to a team [Seahawks] that’s struggling, would have to compete for his job, get beat by SF twice a year, and miss out on the playoffs. And you say Smith made a dumb move?

  11. What do you want the guy to say?

    He knew that if they signed Peyton, he was out. But, he knew that the 49ers were still a better fit for him than any of his other possible landing spots. So, he wasn’t going to Miami, Seattle, or anywhere else, unless he was forced to, and that didn’t happen.

  12. All of these negative comments towards him are just crazy…It’s called CLASS people. The guy is being classy and a pro about it.

    The irony is that if he would’ve been extremely opinionated about it, you guys would be bashing him with comments too.

    Give me a break!

  13. Alex, you’re goo d, but not the same caliber player Manning is.

    Be grateful you’re a QB in the NFL on a team poised to win a Super Bowl.

    Check your ego at the door. Football is a team sport.

  14. I wish Alex Smith signed somewhere else this guy sucks i dont how he got contract like that 49ers have the dumbest organization in the NFL what do they see in this guy

  15. That comment about competing with Manning shows Alex Smith overvalues himself as much as the 49ers overvalue him. What gets lost is the fact that Alex Smith isn’t good. Hes a backup caliber quarterback at best and if it wasn’t for the 49ers he would be out of the league. Yet again the 49ers have recommitted themselves to mediocrity at the quarterback position.

  16. We all know Manning vs Smith wouldn’t be a competition at all but what was Smith supposed to say?

    “I can’t carry Manning’s jock, so I would’ve been content to sit here on the bench and collect my check?”

  17. Welcome home Alex. I’m glad this all worked out. “in a vacuum” of course Peyton is better, but counting on him to be “the old Peyton” was, IMHO, a bad gamble. I hope for the sake of Bronco fans (just the fans, because I believe their FO are a bunch of d-bags and deserve to fail) that they have a decent backup QB.

  18. Not sure I need to know about whether two guys are feeling hard and/or warm towards each other. Is this still about football?

  19. This whole situation from the start has made Smith look like a victim in this whole process. The 49ers, meanwhile, come out looking like they don’t really appreciate what Smith has done for them.

    The reality is that Smith OWES the 49ers. Don’t forget that SF took him #1 overall and passed on one Aaron Rodgers for him. He then stunk up the joint so bad for 5 years that fans actually starting cheering for the likes of David Carr and Troy Smith to replace him. Smith earned more money in those first 5 years that most players make in a lifetime. But SF stuck with him.

    He finally started earning his pay last year. SF Fans shouldn’t be thanking Smith for sticking with SF. Smith should be thanking SF for sticking with him.

  20. If Smith thought he were any good he would have come back from Miami and negotiated a one year deal worth 10 million with the Niners. Adding Manningham should make him better and if he takes the Niners to the playoffs again, he’ll prove he’s no fluke. He’d have teams like the Browns, cards, dolphins, chiefs, all more interested. Instead he crawls back happy with deal proving he’s mediocre at best.

  21. “I would have relished the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job with Peyton Manning.”

    Yeah, and if I played a round with Tiger Woods I would relish the opportunity to compete against him. And I would have just about as much chance of winning the round as Smith would beating out Manning for starting QB.

  22. sterilizecromartie says:Mar 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    The reality is that Smith OWES the 49ers.
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    Owes them for what, exactly? For having an organization that was so dysfunctional he had to go through different OCs every season for his first five years? For having an O-line so awful they didn’t lay a finger on Rocky Bernard when he separated Smith’s shoulder in 2007? For having substandard WRs the entire time he’s been with the team? For having coaches like Erickson, Nolan, and Singletary up until last year?

  23. Keep hating…I love it. Alex was the most sacked QB in football last year. The 9ers were still figuring out their new offense last year; Alex will be better this year and Harbaugh won’t be as conservative. Plus, they have real deep and edge weapons now and can throw Crab in the slot. They need a bruiser back for short yardage situations (step up AD) and they are set.

    Let’s have this conversation again in Janurary.

  24. Amen Brother, that would be 6 OC’s and no other great compliments on offence until they started addressing it a couple of years ago with 2 offenceive lineman in the first round of the draft that year.

  25. trollhammer20 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:01 AM
    sterilizecromartie says:Mar 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    The reality is that Smith OWES the 49ers.
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    Owes them for what, exactly? For having an organization that was so dysfunctional he had to go through different OCs every season for his first five years? For having an O-line so awful they didn’t lay a finger on Rocky Bernard when he separated Smith’s shoulder in 2007? For having substandard WRs the entire time he’s been with the team? For having coaches like Erickson, Nolan, and Singletary up until last year?
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    Excuses, excuses, excuses. Players go through different OCs all the time and they still thrive. Didn’t Cam Newton and Andy Dalton technically have new OCs this year? Didn’t Tom Brady go from Charlie Weis to Josh McDaniels to Bill O’Brien and now back to Josh McDaniels? You think Aaron Rodgers is going to suddenly stink next year because he has to go through a dreaded change in OC?

    Yes, his WRs, HCs, and O-line haven’t been the greatest. But, a great QB will overcome that at least to the point where they can be respectable. Smith wasn’t even respectable for 5 years. He flat-out sucked and SF stuck with him. I’ve never seen another QB get drafted #1 overall, massively underachieve, and still be on the same team six years later. He owes them for sticking with him all that time.

  26. People’s irrational hatred for Alex Smith, who is a consummate professional doesn’t even deserve the energy that I am putting into this message. Meanwhile you’ve got guys like Mike comments, who feels he’s worth L. Fitzgerald money. Why don’t you go on his forum and light him up with you idiocratic comments? The fact is that until Peyton Manning’s name was tossed into the ring, the majority of 49er fans were eager for Smith to sign his deal. He was our best option. And for the cost, he still is. As far as the never-ending comparisons to Aaron Rodgers, knock it off already. There are far too many variables and differences between these two guys’ situations coming into the league. San Francisco sucked completely as an organaization, and already wasn’t competitive. No oline, receivers, or real running game. Coaching has stunk up the joint since Mooch was fired. Good coaching is in place, and you can’t expect a miracle from any team or QB in one season with no offseason. For all you naysayers who claim the 49ers won in spite of Alex Smith, well you’re wrong. He was as responsible for the league leading turnover differential as the defense. He gave the ball away a total of 7 times. Which was fewer than any other starting QB. Why don’t we give this good QB, and excellent professional a chance when he has an entire season and offseason under his belt. After all, its not like the 49ers were looking to replace him with just anybody. Peyton Manning….need I say more?

  27. All you comedians don’t get it. What QB would you want on your team that doesn’t want to compete? He didn’t say he was going to dethrone Peyton, just that he was looking forward to the competition. Besides he probably realized that one good hit and PM could be back to noodle arm or on the way to surgery #5 on that giraffe neck of his. 2nd year with Harbaugh and some new weapons should equal a big year for Smith.

  28. Discarding the circumstance that Peyton took of 2011 for neck surgery, in a couple of days he’ll be 36 years old. Statistics show that once a Pro-QB reaches 31 their performance starts to fall off. Alex Smith is 8 years younger than Manning (he turns 28 in May). Frankly at some point during the next 3 years it may be case where Alex would have been competitive with Manning especially when the surgery is factored.

    When Joe Montana was traded to KC he was 36 as well where he lasted 2 years and then retired. While there is no comparison between Steve Young and Alex Smith, the 9ers have shown they are able to win with Smith as QB. Evidenced by what just occurred, Smith isn’t an egotist and it’s hard to predict how well Harbaugh and Manning would have worked together.

  29. hmm… i wonder if he’s “offended at all” that they have now picked up Josh Johnson as well…

    I wonder if we’ll roll out this season with 4 quarterbacks on the roster?

    A. Smith – Starter?
    C. Kaepernick – raw potential?
    J. Johnson – set incredible college records under
    Harbaugh at SDSU
    S. Tolzein – potential as well…if you watched what he did to our defense last preseason

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