York on Smith: 'It's up to him'

March 20, 2012, 1:19 am
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49ers CEO Jed York told CSNBayArea.com that the ball is still in Alex Smith's court when it comes to a new contract."We have a contract on the table and it's up to him," York said. "We'd like for him (Alex Smith) to be here, and we'll see where it goes."York was optimistic when asked if he expects Smith to be his quarterback."I hope he is," York said.Jim Harbaugh and Smith were believed to have spoken Monday, but York could not confirm that a conversation took place.After Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos Monday morning, reports surfaced Monday afternoon that David Garrard has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, which gives Smith limited leverage in negotiations with the 49ers.It's unclear if the Dolphins would still be interested in Smith with the addition of Garrard and Matt Moore, who started 12 games and threw 16 touchdowns with nine interceptions, still in the fold.
After Manning decided to join the Broncos, it forced the 49ers to re-evaluate their plans for the quarterback position."I wish him the best in Denver," York said. "He chose where he wanted to be and I wish him the best."The Manning signing puts the pressure on both Smith and the 49ers to get a deal done, but York was confident that those in charge of the organization are capable of putting together a Plan B if Smith doesn't come back."I trust Jim (Harbaugh) and Trent (Baalke) to figure it out," said York, who admitted he has not spoken to Smith since free-agency began.

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