The 49ers raised their contract offer to quarterback Alex Smith only "moderately" in late negotiations, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.Smith signed a three-year, 24 million contract that includes 9 million in fully guaranteed money, the source said. If Smith maxes out his incentive package -- likely based on play time and undisclosed performance levels -- the total package of the contract can reach 33 million.The total money available to Smith in his contract did not change from the 49ers' initial offer several weeks ago, the source said. But the 49ers did raise the guaranteed money 1 million from their initial 8 million offer, according to the source.Smith said on Wednesday that coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke informed him last week of the club's interest in free-agent Peyton Manning. Smith said he was not offended that Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman flew cross country to watch Manning work out.When Smith remained unsigned through the first five days of free agency, he took a visit to meet Miami Dolphins coaches and team officials on Sunday. During that time, the 49ers never took their offer off the table while the club pursued Manning, Smith confirmed.Smith's option began to dry up over the weekend when the Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Then, the Dolphins signed former Jacksonville starter David Garrard, awarding him a 1 million signing bonus.After Manning chose the Denver Broncos over the 49ers and Tennessee Titans on Monday, the 49ers raised their offer of guaranteed money to Smith by 1 million, the source said.Smith said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that he was not upset with the 49ers' offer of years and commitment."The issues came more from the structure than anything," Smith said. "Really, the money wasn't an issue. Those of you guys who know me know what type of guy I am. Money is great for security, but I'm not the type of guy who has a bunch of flashy cars. Other than taking care of my family, it's not something that means a lot to me."And, really, just a matter of working out the structure of the contract to get it to where we felt good about it."Agent Tom Condon, working on behalf of Smith, and 49ers chief operating officer Paraag Marathe negotiated the deal. In the end, Smith said he returned to the only place he wanted to play in 2012."For me, this was the plan all along," Smith said. "Obviously, since the season ended, I wanted to be back here. And it dragged out a little bit, but glad it's over. Glad it's done. I'm glad to get back to work."
The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.
After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.
The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.
Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.
The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.
The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.
Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
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.