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2011 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Still Want To Re-Sign Alex Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 02:    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMay 1, 2011

Despite the fact they traded up in Round 2 to select Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers still want to re-sign Alex Smith when his contract expires.

According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, Jim Harbaugh had the following to say regarding Smith's future:

"The plan for Alex is unchanged.

"Everything we said from the very beginning: We want to get the best players on our roster that we possibly can and throw out the balls and let them compete.

"Alex has the ability and the license to be the starting quarterback—same thing I said about [outside linebacker Aldon Smith] yesterday. Same goes for Colin. Guys will run on their own gas. We believe in competition and earning your positions around here."

Meanwhile, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said the team may not be done adding quarterbacks. "We're going to continue to do what our game plan was, to bring in the best three quarterbacks possible for our roster," he said. "Whether we're done adding to it through the draft, through free agency, through trades, that remains to be seen. It's still a fluid situation."

So while many people assumed Colin Kaepernick would be the future starter in San Francisco, don't be so fast to count out Smith.

The former first overall pick has been terribly disappointing up to this point in his career, but apparently the 49ers aren't ready to give up on Alex Smith.


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