Hearing that Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith are talking, ironing things out -- first step in making sure Smith remains with 49ers.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 20, 2012
The 49ers have an offer on the table for Smith for three years and $24 million, with $10 million guaranteed. The Miami Dolphins reportedly had been negotiating with Smith on Sunday, but the team has reportedly signed David Garrard.
Other reports say that Smith left Miami Monday afternoon and is headed back to the 49ers.
However, if Smith wants to continue his NFL career, there is only one destination he needs decided upon.
He needs to put aside the differences and hard feelings and come back to San Francisco. It is the site of where he took the 49ers to an NFC Championship Game. Coach Jim Harbaugh is also the only coach to have success with the former No. 1 overall pick, which is the main reason for why Smith should return to San Francisco, feelings aside.
This is a decision that will shape Smith's career. Success lies with Harbaugh, not with a Dolphins team desperately in search of anyone to light a spark under their team. Manning snubbed them and Matt Flynn snubbed them, so what makes you think Smith sees something in this organization that the best quarterbacks on the free-agent market do not?
Money is the issue here. Smith wants to get paid and he wants to be locked up in a contract with guaranteed money in a place where he can start. Miami offers that, but the championships lie with Harbaugh and the 49ers.
San Francisco restocked a team lacking a reliable wide receiver this offseason, only furthering the temptations of Smith to the 49ers. Not only did the 49ers get a reliable wide receiver, they got two in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.
Stick with what works, and what works is the 49ers and another deep run in the playoffs.