Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle

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Source: Smith in middle of QB leverage battle

If quarterback Alex Smith signed the 49ers' three-year, 24 million offer from the 49ers a week ago, the 49ers would have their quarterback and Smith would have a job for the 2012 season.Now, the 49ers do not have a starting quarterback and Smith's NFL future is in limbo.An NFL source told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday that Smith has nobody to blame but himself for presenting the 49ers with an opening to pursue free-agent Peyton Manning."It was in Smith's best interest to sign that deal a week, 10 days ago," said the source.Now, Smith finds himself in the middle of a leverage battle that involves the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins felt all along they would sign free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Now, they're getting nervous, the source said.MAIOCCO: Moving parts aplenty in 49ers' QB drama
Flynn is looking for the kind of contract Kevin Kolb signed a year ago with the Arizona Cardinals -- five years, 63 million with 21 million guaranteed. Neither the Seahawks nor Dolphins plan to commit that much money to Flynn, a four-year veteran with two career starts.
Flynn visited the Seahawks and Dolphins on back-to-back days, Friday and Saturday. Flynn could be the first domino to fall. Whichever team does not sign Flynn will then turn its attention to Smith.Smith is expected to visit the Seahawks this week, said another source, confirming a Sacramento Bee report.RELATED: Smith has visit lined up with SeahawksBut Smith is not expected to attract a contract from the Dolphins or Seahawks that is more lucrative than what the 49ers offered, the source said. Plus, the team that signs Smith is also likely to invest a high draft pick on a quarterback, the source said.Miami has the eighth overall pick, while the Seahawks are slated to select No. 12 overall.Whether the 49ers end up with Manning or Smith, the organization would not look to add a quarterback early in the draft. The 49ers traded up last year to select Colin Kaepernick with a second-round pick.The 49ers were not willing to offer Smith a lucrative contract with sizable guaranteed money because the team wants to keep the door open for Kaepernick to take over as the starter in the near future.The 49ers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans are the remaining contenders to sign Manning.Manning has not informed the 49ers -- or the other teams -- about his time frame for making a decision, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Manning has acted unilaterally, the source said, and agent Tom Condon is not intimately involved in Manning's process. Condon also represents Smith.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

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.

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.