Miami, FL – The San Francisco 49ers have jumped into the race to win over Peyton Manning and with that announcement free-agent quarterback Alex Smith has decided to meet with the Miami Dolphins.
Smith traveled to Miami on Sunday to sit down with the teams front office and discuss his future.
Speaking with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Sunday Smith said:
“This is the NFL. I guess nothing surprises me anymore.”
“I never thought a year ago (Peyton) Manning would be a free agent either. I’m never surprised by anything.”
The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, San Francisco has been working hard to re-secure his services after he led a comeback 2011 year under first-year coach and former NFL QB Jim Harbaugh.
According to Alex Smith he was happy with the three-year contract the team had worked out however when Peyton Manning entered the picture and went through a physical exam last week Smith started looking elsewhere.
In the meantime Smith is thinking about dumping agent Tom Condon who through CAA Sports also represents Peyton Manning. Smith believes Condon’s work with both men could lead to a conflict of interest.
A move to the Dolphins would reunite Alex Smith with former high school teammate Reggie Bush. The two men last played on the same team at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California.
Alex Smith threw just five interceptions during the 2011 season and led the team through five comeback wins during the regular season and another during their playoff match against the New Orleans Saints which led to a 36-32 victory.
Last season Smith made $4.9 million in base salary while earning a $1 million bonus for reaching the playoffs.
Do you think the San Francisco 49ers will look foolish if they lose out on Peyton Manning and then watch as Alex Smith jumps ship over to the Miami Dolphins?