Alex Smith and the 49ers: What's taking so long?


Alex Smith and the 49ers: What's taking so long?

Quarterback Alex Smith wants to be back with the 49ers, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh certainly wants him back.So what can be so difficult about getting a deal done when both sides want the same thing?There is little doubt around the NFL that Smith will return to the 49ers in 2012. But the negotiations are far more complicated than the simplicity outlined in the first paragraph above.During the regular season, Harbaugh said he believed Smith is an "elite" quarterback. And Smith did everything asked of him while throwing just five interceptions en route to the 49ers' 13-3 regular-season record and appearance to the NFC championship game.REWIND: Alex Smith -- "I'd love to stay here"
On the other hand, the 49ers traded up to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the No. 36 overall pick in last year's draft. That's not an action that teams usually take to secure the services of a career backup.So, the 49ers want it both ways.Ideally, they want Smith back on the team in 2012 without extending him with an "elite" contract. They want to keep the door open for Kaepernick to become the starter in the future. And the 49ers don't want to take a financial hit from Smith's contract if a change at quarterback happens sooner than later.As with any contract, the player's side wants the best deal. And in a lot of cases, the better deal can be attained closer to a deadline.REWIND: Harbaugh wants Alex Smith back
If Smith remains unsigned on March 13, he will be free to negotiate with other teams. The 49ers opted to use their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson at a projected 6.2 million this season, rather than Smith at approximately 14.4 million on a one-year commitment.But how much attention would Smith get on the open market? Teams might be a little reluctant to negotiate with him because of the perception that all they would be doing is negotiating a deal that Smith would use as a tool to get fair market value from the 49ers.
Sources told late in the season that the 49ers were looking at a two- or three-year contract worth from 8 million to 11 million annually for Smith's services.Meanwhile, agent Tom Condon is likely looking at the extension the Buffalo Bills awarded Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed a reported six-year, 59 million deal with 24 million guaranteed.The average-per-year of nearly 10 million seems reasonable, but the 49ers might be balking at forking over 24 million guaranteed on a long-term contract.Things can happen quickly, and it would be a shock if Smith and the 49ers don't ultimately hammer out an agreement. But those are the issues on why the deal wasn't consummated quickly after the season.

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

Anquan Boldin owes the NFL some money.

The former 49ers wide receiver was fined $6,076 for throwing the football into the stands last Sunday near the end of the Lions' win over Washington.

Boldin tossed the ball into the crowd after his game-winning touchdown reception with 16 seconds remaining.

Through seven games this season, Boldin has registered 32 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

The 36-year old played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2015.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.