Smith: 'This was always the place'

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Smith: 'This was always the place'

Unsolicited, Jim Harbaugh made his first direct comments about the 49ers' pursuit of Peyton Manning Wednesday.

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His words came over two months after Manning elected to sign with the Denver Broncos, and have re-opened the debate of the extent to which the 49ers pursued Manning.

Following Harbaugh's comments, Alex Smith was left to answer questions from the media.

Q: Can you help us understand why Harbaugh brought up the whole Peyton Manning thing?
Smith: No idea. It's a better question for him. For me, it's always been the same story. He's been up-front. It's been the same thing we talked about when I re-signed. He's been up front from the beginning, constantly being in talks with me and negotiating with me and that was never off the table and it was simply a fact that, going to have to compete with somebody, but I earned the right to compete for the job. This was my job to compete for. He was always up front with me through the entire process.
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Q: He said no scenario in which Alex Smith wasn't going to be part of the 49ers. What about for you?
Smith: "From the beginning, that was the scenario. They've were up-front with me. Coach Harbaugh from the day I've been here, has been completely honest, both He and Trent (Baalke), from the beginning. From a month prior with all the Peyton Manning stuff, they were negotiating with me to come back and new contract. When that arised, they were honest. They came over and talked to me. Potentially, compete for the job. That's exactly what they told Peyton. For me, it was always there."

Q: Would you have wanted that scenario. If Peyton Manning were here. .
Smith: "I certainly felt like this was my job to compete for, no question. I felt like we accomplished last year that I deserved that."

Q: Was going to Miami a reaction to the Peyton thing?
Smith: "I think that was more of the, I mean, that's what free agency is. This was my first time through a little bit of it. Obviously, you play that business side. That's something I'm very comfortable with or had done a lot. . . But, yeah, that's part of it. You go around and see the teams and weigh your options. You don't know what those options are until you look at them sometimes. For me, this was always the place. I've always said that, this was always the place. Certain things happen all of a sudden, you play that game a little bit."

Q: Are you surprised we're still talking about this?
Smith: "Yeah, a little bit. A little surprised . . it's the offseason."

Q: Did you know when they went the see Peyton that they were going to do it?
Smith: "I knew they were going to look at him, yes. Through the whole process, I knew they were going to see him and check him out and do the due dilligence, whatever you want to call it."
The Cam Newton thing got a lot of coverage. .
Smith: "It did. . . If there's a good thing that came from all the drama that kind of came of it, hopefully people didn't catch on to the fact that we let out a team secret that around here we don't really care about individual stats. If I can say anything, that's the one good thing. Hopefully, it kind of covered that up."

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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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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