“I feel I have unfinished business here,” Alex Smith said. “I feel I have a lot to prove to myself, to the organization, to my teammates, to the fans to become the player I set out to become.”
Former No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith has restructured his contract to stay in San Francisco and compete for the starting job at quarterback. Smith signed a two-year deal that will pay him $4 million a year. That is a significant difference from the $9.63 million Smith was due to make this year.
“It’s kind of a fresh attitude. I feel like I get a chance to start fresh and try to become the player I know I can be” Smith said.
Incumbent starter Shaun Hill will be the number one quarterback going into training camp however Smith will be in the mix to compete for the starting job. I think it was good idea to keep Smith only if he restructured his contract. He is obviously making a number one draft pick salary when he should be making a back-up QB salary. I commend Smith for restructuring his deal and curbing his ego to stay with the Niners to prove to himself, the organization, the NFL and most importantly the 49er Faithful that he can be a successful quarterback in the NFL. Remember Smith is only 24 years old and come the start of the season he will be 25. So he has the youth to still develop into a decent QB. However Smith has spent most of the last year and a half on injured reserve with a right shoulder that has twice been surgically repaired. I see no downside to bringing Smith in to compete especially with the new contract. But to think he will develop into the Joe Montana or Steve Young the organization thought he would become is a long-shot.
I would not be surprised if the 49ers drafted a QB or even traded for one as additional competition for Hill and Smith. The former is more realistic than the latter. The 49ers organization has been all over the charts in regards to the QB position. They offered Kurt Warner a huge contract to be their starter which he turned down. Warner never made sense because of the type of offense Mike Singletary wants to install, which is run, run, run. Singletary even wondered aloud about Michael Vick. And let’s not forget about the “We never close any doors” comment by GM Scot McCloughan about T.O. At the start of free agency McCloughan said they would not make any splash’s like they have the last two years signing Justin Smith and Nate Clements. Yet there was the Warner offer and the thinking out loud about Vick and T.O. The front office is either A.) showing a front to the 49er Faithful that hey, we tried to get the best players but didn’t or B.) the front office does not know what it wants, says whatever is on their mind at the moment and is straight-up disorganized. I say it is a little of both. Stay tuned 49er Faithful.