The 7th year quarterback was not satisfied with the original contract offered to him and in turn made a trip and visited with the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers in turn scouted the super-free agent Peyton Manning. It was needless to say a bit of a mess.
On Monday, 49ers CEO Jed York reiterated the company line: “We have a contract on the table and it’s up to him. We’d like for him to be here and we’ll see where it goes.”
It took all the way till Wednesday for Smith to find his way back to San Francisco. Now that Manning has officially signed with the Denver Broncos it appears as that Alex Smiths’ job is safe and sound and the two sides have found some common ground.
In 2011 Smith threw for a career-high 3,144 yards, completed 61.4 percent of his passes and recorded 17 touchdown passes. However, he did get sacked a league-high 44 times, and the 49ers ranked 29th in passing yards per game. And will be returning to team whose defense that ranked 4th in the league last season.