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 San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization.
“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.
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General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.
“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.
Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.
Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.
“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.
“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”