It appears that a crisis has been averted in San Francisco.
Michael Lombardi of nfl.com is reporting that the 49ers have come to terms with their incumbent quarterback, Alex Smith. The 49ers were one of the finalists in the Peyton Manning race, and Smith was reportedly annoyed by the courtship of Manning, as he was making free agent visits this week, with the Dolphins and the Seahawks.
This was the move the 49ers had to make, as did Alex Smith. First to Smith. Like it or not, Alex Smith is in the system that is perfect for him. After being drafted number 1 by SF in 2005, no coach has been able to get the results from Smith that Jim Harbaugh was able to. Alex Smith had a career year in 2011, with 17 TD passes vs. 5 INTs.
For the 49ers, they avert major trouble by resigning Alex. After losing out on Peyton Manning, they were in danger of not having a quarterback with any experience, after going to the NFC championship game in 2011. Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore are very nice, but if there is no QB in the room, they can’t do very much. This was a move that had to be made, and good for the 49ers for making it.