NFL Free Agency: Alex Smith and San Francisco 49ers Have a Deal

Brandon BurnettContributor IIIMarch 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reports that the 49ers and Alex Smith have finally agreed on a multi-year contract.

The deal, which once seemed imminent, hit a temporary snag when the 49ers threw their hat into the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes.

But it's well-documented that Smith's best opportunity lies in San Francisco, and despite a lengthy visit to Miami, the seven-year veteran never really left town.

In 2011, with Smith at quarterback, the 49ers amassed a 13-3 record and hosted the NFC Championship game. It was a refreshing sight for members of the 49er Faithful who had witnessed Smith and the 49ers endure some of the toughest seasons the franchise has seen.

Now, the journey lives on.

And despite all the drama surrounding the Manning Sweepstakes, the 49ers have experienced quite a productive free agency period. 

Additions to a depleted receiving corps included the veteran burner Randy Moss, as well as Super Bowl-hero, Mario Manningham.

Trent Baalke and co. not only managed to keep its top-notch defense intact, but also brought in much needed weapons for Smith to use moving forward.

Now the front office can set its sights on the NFL draft, and eventually, Super Bowl XLVII.


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