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You have to wonder why it is taking the San Francisco 49ers so long to sign free-agent quarterback Alex Smith to a contract. Supposedly the two sides are still negotiating towards a new deal, but something is preventing the two parties from reaching a final agreement.
Could it be that one side of this deal is secretly dragging their feet to find out what the Manning fallout would be? If Manning picks the Titans, could the 49ers have an interest in Matt Hasselbeck over Alex Smith?
Would the Browns then want to sign Alex Smith to challenge Colt McCoy to be the starter? There is a world of possibilities, but that is why this exercise is so intriguing.
Word is finally out, according to Chris Mortensen from ESPN, that the 49ers are the mystery team that has entered the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. As for Alex Smith, all bets are off. He is now in a very precarious situation for however long it takes Manning to make up his mind.
Purely for what it is worth, I predicted that the 49ers made tremendous sense as the next home for Manning in this article I wrote for Bleacher Report back on Feb. 13, a little over a month ago.