Alex Smith on visit to meet with Dolphins

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Alex Smith on visit to meet with Dolphins

As if the drama around the 49ers' quarterback situation could get any more interesting . . . A week ago, quarterback Alex Smith was adamant he would return to the 49ers. And the 49ers had an offer on the table and were confident the sides would eventually work things out.While the 49ers wait for an answer from Peyton Manning after jumping into the race for his services last week, Smith is making the first free-agent visit of his career to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Smith arrived in the Miami area on Sunday morning to meet with the Dolphins. Several fans spotted him on an overnight flight from San Francisco to South Florida, and ESPN first reported Smith's trip was to meet with the Dolphins. embedly_twitter_50782942background:url(http:a0.twimg.comimagesthemestheme1bg.png) 1A1B1F; padding:20px; embedly_twitter_50782942 pbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 .embedly_tweet_contentbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadatadisplay:block;width:100;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px; padding-bottom: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata span.authorline-height:15px;color:999;font-size:14px embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata span.author aline-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle embedly_twitter_50782942 p span.metadata span.author imgfloat:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px embedly_twitter_50782942 p a color: 2FC2EF; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_50782942 p a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_50782942 .embedly_timestampfont-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.embedly_timestampfont-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_50782942 a color: 2FC2EF; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_50782942 a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-screen-name font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-full-name padding-left: 4px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actionsmargin-left: 10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.tweet-actionsfont-size:10px embedly_twitter_50782942 .controlsline-height:12px!important embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a margin-left:5px embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a bfont-weight:normal embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above span.tweet-actions a bvertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_50782942 .components-above .tweet-textfont-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-image float: left; width: 40px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-user-block-image float: left; width: 48px; height: 48px embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-row margin-left: 40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-user-block margin-left: -40px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .stream-item padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .simple-tweet-image img margin-top: 4px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .simple-tweet-content margin: 0 0 13px 0px; font-size: 14px; min-height:48px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .in-reply-to-border border-color: EBEBEB; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 0 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .in-reply-to-text margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions i background: transparent url(http:a2.twimg.coma1306889658phoeniximgsprite-icons.png) no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none; text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i background-position:-192px 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i background-position:0 0; embedly_twitter_50782942 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i background-position:-32px 0; @DavisHsuSeattle
Davis HsuI am on flight right now (red eye) from San Francisco to Miami- QB Alex Smith is sitting in first class- you connect the dots.
Mar 18 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply The South Florida Sun-Sentinel caught up with Smith in the airport. After seven roller-coaster seasons with the 49ers, Smith said he is beyond the point where anything is a shock to him."This is the NFL," Smith said. "I guess nothing surprises me anymore. I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent either. I'm never surprised by anything."Smith seemed to have found a permanent home with the 49ers. After his performance during the season, Smith accepted coach Jim Harbaugh's NFL Coach of the Year Award in a nationally televised awards show the night before the Super Bowl. Smith also served as Harbaugh's caddie for the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.FLASHBACK: Harbaugh: Unanimous within 49ers that Smith is 'our guy'The 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record and reached the NFC championship game with Smith at quarterback. Smith, the top pick in the 2005 draft, thrived under the tutelage of Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach Geep Chyrst.Smith's efficient play enabled the 49ers to tie and NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season with 10. He threw just five interceptions, and finished the season with 159 consecutive regular-season pass attempts without getting picked off. Steve Young holds the 49ers' record with 183 attempts without an interception, 1993.While the 49ers' passing game was efficient with Smith, it was far from prolific. The 49ers ranked 29th in the league in passing yards. Moreover, the 49ers ranked 31st in third-down conversions (29.4 percent) and 30th in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on just 40.7 percent of their trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line.Smith posted the best season of his career, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. His passer rating was 90.7.Harbaugh said last season he considered Smith an "elite quarterback." However, as CSNBayArea.com has reported, the 49ers were not willing to make Smith an "elite" offer. SFGate.com reported Saturday that Smith's contract offer is three years, 24 million -- an 8 million average annually salary.In comparison, the New York Jets recently signed Mark Sanchez to a five-year, 58.25 million extension. And the Buffalo Bills signed Ryan Fitzpatrick last season to a seven-year, 62.2 million deal. Both players received more than 20 million in guaranteed money.
But until Sunday, there appeared to be no market for Smith.The Dolphins are looking for a quarterback and are involved in discussions with unrestricted free agent Matt Flynn, the Green Bay backup who played well in his limited opportunities.Meanwhile, the NFL Network reports Manning has informed his three suitors -- 49ers, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans -- that he will make a decision Monday or Tuesday. However, ESPN reports Manning has made no such promise on when he expects to make a decision.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”

 

 

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

49ERS
Doubtful
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Questionable
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

JETS
Out
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Questionable
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)