How Sanchez's contract could impact 49ers, Alex Smith

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How Sanchez's contract could impact 49ers, Alex Smith

The 49ers' contract negotiations with quarterback Alex Smith got a lot more interesting Friday night when the New York Jets provided a contract for quarterback Mark Sanchez that should serve to only strengthen Smith's resolve.Now, Smith's camp has another example of what "fair market value" means. Smith, who is coming off his best career season, theoretically should be entering his prime. Smith turns 28 in May.The 49ers had been balking at presenting the kind of contract that the Buffalo Bills awarded Ryan Fitzpatrick, sources said, because the 49ers did not believe that contract was indicative of Fitzpatrick's true value. In other words, the 49ers believe the Bills overpaid.
But now, the Jets have stepped up with an extension for Sanchez that also could easily be viewed as excessive for a quarterback who ranked 28th, 27th and 23rd in the NFL in passing in his first three seasons.The 49ers, who have a contract offer on the table for Smith, are reticent to offer him a long-term deal with 20 million-plus in guaranteed money because they want to keep the door open for Colin Kaepernick to eventually take over as the starter, according to the sources.
Smith arrived with the 49ers in 2005 as the No. 1 overall pick. He signed a six-year, 49.5 million contract. But Smith agreed to a sizable pay cut after his fourth season. He ended up collecting approximately 32 million in his first six seasons before signing a one-year, 4 million contract last year. He collected another 2.5 million in incentives due to the team's success.
With free agency set to begin on Tuesday, all indications are that Smith's agent, Tom Condon, will be able to shop his client's services throughout the league to determine, exactly, his true market value. Here's a look at how Alex Smith stacks up with some comparable quarterbacks who recently signed new contracts:RYAN FITZPATRICK, Bills
Age: 29
Contract status: Signed contract extension on Oct. 28, 2011, that totals seven years, 62.195 million with 24 million guaranteed.2009-2011 statistics
Games (W-L): 39 games, 37 starts (14-23)
Comp-Att (Pct): 735 of 1,237 (59.4)
Avg yards per game: 211.6
TDsInt: 5648
Rating: 78.3
MARK SANCHEZ, Jets
Age: 25
Contract status: Signed contract extension on Friday that reportedly totals five years, 58.25 million with 20.5 million in guarantees for 2012 and '13. The deal includes three new years with 40.5 million in new money.2009-2011 statistics
Games (W-L): 47 games, 47 starts (27-20)
Comp-Att (Pct): 782 of 1,414 (55.3)
Avg yards per game: 195.9
TDsInt: 5551
Rating: 73.2
ALEX SMITH, 49ers
Age: 28 in May
Contract status: Unsigned for 20122009-2011 statistics
Games (W-L): 38 games, 36 starts (21-15)
Comp-Att (Pct): 702 of 1,159 (60.6)
Avg yards per game: 206.9
TDsInt: 4927
Rating: 85.2

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.

 

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”