Alex Smith and the 49ers: What's taking so long?


Alex Smith and the 49ers: What's taking so long?

Quarterback Alex Smith wants to be back with the 49ers, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh certainly wants him back.So what can be so difficult about getting a deal done when both sides want the same thing?There is little doubt around the NFL that Smith will return to the 49ers in 2012. But the negotiations are far more complicated than the simplicity outlined in the first paragraph above.During the regular season, Harbaugh said he believed Smith is an "elite" quarterback. And Smith did everything asked of him while throwing just five interceptions en route to the 49ers' 13-3 regular-season record and appearance to the NFC championship game.REWIND: Alex Smith -- "I'd love to stay here"
On the other hand, the 49ers traded up to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the No. 36 overall pick in last year's draft. That's not an action that teams usually take to secure the services of a career backup.So, the 49ers want it both ways.Ideally, they want Smith back on the team in 2012 without extending him with an "elite" contract. They want to keep the door open for Kaepernick to become the starter in the future. And the 49ers don't want to take a financial hit from Smith's contract if a change at quarterback happens sooner than later.As with any contract, the player's side wants the best deal. And in a lot of cases, the better deal can be attained closer to a deadline.REWIND: Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back
If Smith remains unsigned on March 13, he will be free to negotiate with other teams. The 49ers opted to use their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson at a projected 6.2 million this season, rather than Smith at approximately 14.4 million on a one-year commitment.But how much attention would Smith get on the open market? Teams might be a little reluctant to negotiate with him because of the perception that all they would be doing is negotiating a deal that Smith would use as a tool to get fair market value from the 49ers.
Sources told late in the season that the 49ers were looking at a two- or three-year contract worth from 8 million to 11 million annually for Smith's services.Meanwhile, agent Tom Condon is likely looking at the extension the Buffalo Bills awarded Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed a reported six-year, 59 million deal with 24 million guaranteed.The average-per-year of nearly 10 million seems reasonable, but the 49ers might be balking at forking over 24 million guaranteed on a long-term contract.Things can happen quickly, and it would be a shock if Smith and the 49ers don't ultimately hammer out an agreement. But those are the issues on why the deal wasn't consummated quickly after the season.

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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