At a time when one of Tom Condon’s high-profile clients is contemplating taking a salary haircut in order to stay with a California team, another high-profile Tom Condon client has opted to reduce his compensation in order to keep his job.
Per a league source, the 49ers have agreed to a new two-year deal with quarterback Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Though specific numbers are not yet available, we’re told that it’s normal two-year money for a backup-type deal, but all in all a fair package.
Our guess is that Smith will make something like $2 million to $3 million per year.
It’s not chump change, but the tables definitely have turned since Smith was the first pick, and Aaron Rodgers did the green room slide.

10 responses to “ALEX SMITH DOES A NEW DEAL

  1. not that i think smith is better than rodgers (he isnt) but…
    smith was thrown to the wolves.
    rodgers got to watch and learn. and he learned.

  2. That’s a team player type of move. He agrees he hasn’t performed well and doesn’t deserve big time money and is willing to take a step back and earn it over the next few years. Good for him and good for them.

  3. 4,000 yards, 28 touchdowns 13 interceptions, Rodgers is the man.
    I think Mike McCarthy has more to do with Rodgers development than Favre. Ted Thompson specifically hired McCarthy because of his background & specialty with quarterbacks, he KNEW he had to get the successor to Favre correct, so he hired an offensive minded QB coach as HC.

  4. As a Niner fan, I still would like to see some new blood besides Damon Huard. Go get Grossman or Boller and let them come in and compete for the job with what we’ve got. Hill has been great, but if we can upgrade and there is a clear cut winner in camp, then why wouldn’t you give it a shot?

  5. What happened to Alex Smith is why a hate the NFL rookie salary structure. Smith and Rodgers were both good college QB’s. Had Rodgers been the first overall pick, I think he would have struggled just the same. Rodgers definately benefitted from holding the clip board for 3 years. He was able to learn how to be a NFL QB at a slower pace, whereas, Smith because of his huge payday, was forced to play right away.
    The NFL really needs to address this salary issue. Teams are forced to pay this exorbitant amount to sign a player with no experience. Not only does that require you to play him right away, but it limits teh amount of available money to sign veteran players that have proven their worth.

  6. @renaissancemanrt .. and who was Smith’s OC in his first year?
    @empty .. and Peyton was also “thrown to the wolves” like many, many other QB’s
    @MVP .. teams are not forced to pay. They choose to pay and they get the money back at the turnstiles & from TV. If you want this to change, you’ll need the players union to force lower rookie pay in the new CBA. If I were them, I wouldn’t. Be a crappy union to force lower pay.

  7. “@renaissancemanrt .. and who was Smith’s OC in his first year?”
    But look at who Smith had around him in year 1 compared to who Rodgers had. At RB Alex Smith had Kevan Barlow(Frank Gore was a rookie and didn’t play as much until the next season) while Rodgers last season had Ryan Grant. At WR/TE Alex Smith had Brandon Lloyd, Arnaz Battle, and Billy Bajema. Rodgers had Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Donald Lee. Also Smith got abused because of the O-Line at the time while Rodgers didn’t have to take as much punishment.
    “@empty .. and Peyton was also “thrown to the wolves” like many, many other QB’s”
    Smith was more thrown under the bus by Nolan. I think Mike Nolan was the biggest detriment to the development of Alex Smith. He tried for the big hires of guys who would give one decent-good season but McCarthy and Norv were guys who were always on the radar of teams for HC gigs and it was only a matter of time and this led to instability at the OC position.

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