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NFL Rumors: Alex Smith Reportedly in Negotiations with Dolphins

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers stands with head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers
during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterMarch 18, 2012

Misery loves company in the NFL.

Just ask Alex Smith and the Miami Dolphins, who Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports are currently engaged in serious negotiations for Smith to take over as the QB in South Florida.

Smith appears to be in search of a new home now that the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent the first six seasons of his pro career, are firmly entrenched in the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft finally found his footing in San Fran last season while helping to guide the Niners to a 13-win season and the brink of Super Bowl XLVI.

The Dolphins, on the other hand, have grown desperate for a new signal caller now that Manning has turned them down and Matt Flynn has signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Miami still has Matt Moore, with whom the team won six games after Chad Henne went down due to injury, but seems keen to find a long-term solution to its annual quarterback conundrum.

Smith would appear to be the choice, particularly if the 'Fins end up offering him $8 million per year as Klis suggests. Such a move would reunite Smith with running back Reggie Bush, with whom he shared a backfield during their prep days at Helix High School in San Diego.

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