2012 NFL Free Agents: Alex Smith Not Really Excited About Miami Dolphins

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIMarch 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field at the end of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants beat the 49ers 20-17.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Free-agent quarterback Alex Smith has obviously had enough of the San Francisco 49ers stonewalling him in contract talks.

The 27-year-old visited the Miami Dolphins this weekend, and while he is said to be in negotiations with the team, he may not be that interested in playing in South Beach.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Smith and the Dolphins have actually started to discuss terms on a contract, but Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald claims that the quarterback is only using Miami as a last resort in case San Francisco lands Peyton Manning.

Smith would reportedly prefer to return to the 49ers even after they have seemingly turned their back on him to pursue Manning. That said, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the seven-year veteran is upset with Niners, but he's also not thrilled with his agents either, since they rep both he and Manning. 

This is bad news for the Dolphins, who are all but out of the Manning chase and also lost out on Matt Flynn, who inked a deal with the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend. Now that we know Smith isn't actually interested in signing with Miami, it makes the franchise look very weak.

The Dolphins have had so many misses over the past few years, they may have to offer a ton of cash to pique Smith's interest. That would mean Miami would be overspending on a mediocre quarterback just to land someone and try to prove that the franchise can lure high-profile names to town.

I think we all know Smith would like to be back in San Francisco, where he has spent his entire career and is comfortable. He enjoyed his best season in 2011 and had the team within an overtime loss of a Super Bowl berth. Still, after drafting Colin Kaepernick in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft and then pursuing Manning this offseason, the 49ers really haven't shown that they want Smith around long-term.

That means the best-case scenario for the Dolphins would be Smith deciding to head to Miami just to stick it to San Francisco.

I don't see that happening and I believe he will wait to do anything until the 49ers make a move on the Manning front. He clearly doesn't want to end up in Miami.

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