This was coming all along. Right? There was absolutely no way that Alex Smith was going to leave the San Francisco 49ers. In reality, they were attached at the hip, for better or worse.
A marriage that had been through a tremendous amount of ups and downs appeared to be ending in a blink of an eye. For the 49ers, it was all about business and getting to that "elite" level. For Smith, it was a little bit more personal.
Ultimately, Manning chose the Denver Broncos as his next destination. This put Smith and the 49ers back at ground zero.
Today, it was announced that the two have come to an agreement on a three-year contract. While the fallout of Smith returning to San Francisco is nowhere near as big as Manning's decision, it does have a dramatic impact on the balance of power in the NFC West and throughout the conference.
This article is going to give you 10 winners and losers from Smith's decision to return to the 49ers for 2012 and beyond.