Report: QB Smith, 49ers differ on new contract terms

Posted March 08, 2012 @ 8:27 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

QB Alex Smith and the 49ers still haven't come to terms on a new contract for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, and the hang-up revolves around the length of the deal and the amount of guaranteed money, the Sacramento Bee is reporting, citing a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

According to the report, the Niners would like a shorter-term deal, thought to be three years, whereas Smith's agent, Tom Condon, is seeking a longer deal, believed to be five years.

Smith's head coach, Jim Harbaugh, is on record as saying that he wants his starting quarterback to return. "Definitely as a coach, you worry about a lot of things," Harbaugh said on Feb. 23. "And when the quarterback's not signed and is a free agent, that leads to some lost sleep."

The Bee speculates that the Seahawks could be interested in Smith after having shown some interest in him last year, particularly because the man who drafted Smith, Scot McCloughan, is now the Seahawks' senior personnel executive. However, the report concludes that a new deal with the Niners is the most likely scenario.

Meanwhile, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said the 49ers would be an ideal landing spot for Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts earlier this week.

"San Francisco, I look at what they did and whether they've made that commitment to Alex Smith yet, I don't know," Dungy told NFL Network on Wednesday. "I don't know where they stand, but that's a team that's got great defense, it has some young receivers, a very good tight end and a good back. ... You put Peyton Manning in that offense, and people are going to be scared to play them."