By Eric Schmidt

As a result of the latest twist of the Peyton Manning watch, former San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith has announced that he will visit the Miami Dolphins today. This is being reported by Adam Schefter on Twitter this morning. The Dolphins met with free agent QB Matt Flynn on Saturday and are looking to upgrade the position. Miami wanted to land Peyton Manning but he informed the franchise on Thursday that he wouldn’t be heading to the Dolphins. The Niners offered Alex Smith a reported 3-year deal worth $24 million but the deal has not been consummated.

There are two things of interest which have arisen this weekend regarding this situation.

First, the Miami Dolphins obviously weren’t sold on Matt Flynn or they tried to lowball him on a contract offer. I find it interesting that Flynn left without a contract. Head coach Joe Philbin along with offensive coordinator Mike Sherman know more about Flynn than any other free agent quarterback on the market.

Second, I wonder if the damage which has been done with Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers can be repaired if the club misses out on Peyton Manning. Saturday, it was reported that Smith was making plans to switch agents, both Smith and Peyton Manning share the same agent, Tom Condon. If Smith signs elsewhere and the Niners swing and miss with Peyton Manning, San Francisco suddenly will have to scramble to find a quarterback for 2012. If the Niners don’t land Manning, the price tag for Smith just increased at the very least.






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