In a move which could suddenly create a quarterback problem for the San Francisco 49ers, QB Alex Smith and the Miami Dolphins are reportedly in contract talks. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the two sides are in talks which could land Smith in Miami next season. Klis reports that the deal is worth in the neighborhood of $8 million dollars per season, the same as the deal reported that the 49ers offered Smith prior to the start of free agency.
Miami had been one of the teams interested in landing Manning, but the veteran signal caller informed the Dolphins last week that he was not interested in joining the Dolphins. Miami also started the weekend with an interview with free agent QB Matt Flynn, but Flynn signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. The Miami Dolphins were running out of options at quarterback if they were serious about replacing Matt Moore under center.
This move has potential repercussions for the Niners as well. If they do miss out on Peyton Manning, their options could be seriously limited. There is a chance that the Niners could be forced to start second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernik. If Manning lands with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow might become available but it would be unknown whether or not head coach Jim Harbaugh would be interested in acquiring the southpaw. If Manning lands in Tennessee, veteran Matt Hasselbeck could be available and would be a good fit for the Niners.
However, it is possible that Alex Smith might still be available. After all, we are talking about a signing in Miami and until Smith’s signature is on the dotted line, all bets are off. Smith’s sudden plunge into the free agency market over the weekend along with reports of him wanting to change his agent suggest that the Niners flirtation with Manning has done irreparable harm to their relationship.