While the signal caller tasted his first success last year and is in prime position to make a good amount of money, Smith needs to give up and accept whatever offer that San Francisco has on the table.
Allegedly, San Francisco has offered their incumbent quarterback a three-year extension to remain with the team, but as Smith flirts with other teams around the league, Jim Harbaugh's 49ers squad is not terribly affected.
In 2011, Alex Smith was given new hope in the form of a new coach, offensive scheme and overall team mindset. All he did was respond by having the best season of his career with 17 touchdowns, five interceptions and 3,144 yards, for a quarterback rating of 90.7.
On top of that, he was able to be a key part in his team's 13-3 run to the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC and the conference championship game.
Now that Smith has finally done well with a coach and system in the NFL, it makes no sense why he'd want to give it up.
Jim Harbaugh is a smart coach and he knows that if his new team is spurned by Alex Smith, they still have options with the uber-talented Colin Kaepernick currently on the roster.
It seems as though San Francisco has all the leverage here.
Past that, after signing receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to go along with a talented group of skill position players in Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore, the 49ers boast one of the most quarterback-friendly rosters going into 2012.
In stark contrast, the Miami Dolphins just traded away Brandon Marshall and now have a collection of one-hit wonders and busts in Reggie Bush (who Smith coincidentally went to high school with), Brian Hartline and Davone Bess.
The last thing that Miami needs is Alex Smith, who wouldn't be able to lead the franchise into a new era by himself.
Smith needs players around him to do as well as he did last year. On the Dolphins roster, the quarterback may not even be a league average quarterback.
As for Miami, the team has a good band-aid signal caller in Matt Moore (who performed well down the stretch). The club could go after Texas A&M field general Ryan Tannehill in the draft, but trying to sign Alex Smith would not be a good idea.
Smith had never been to an NFC Championship game before Jim Harbaugh and he probably won't make another conference championship if he doesn't return to San Francisco. With their new offensive scheme, player group and mindset, the 49ers are loaded for now and years to come.
Alex Smith would be crazy not to jump on that train.
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