When the Peyton Manning sweepstakes were in full bloom, the 49ers, just like a handful of other teams, decided to make a play for him. He’s a first round ballot Hall Of Famer so why not?
So Alex, what is your problem? Your feelings got hurt? You don’t feel wanted anymore? Feel betrayed? Well, snap out of it! You were a lousy quarterback for five years and a good one for one. So what does that make you? It makes you lucky. Lucky that Jim Harbaugh took it upon himself to resurrect your career.
The 49ers are dangling a 3 year $24 million contract in front of you and you’re stalling. Really? $8 million a year? Matt Schaub makes $7.1 million a year and has a 97 rating. Your rating is 74.6. Mark Sanchez took his team to the AFC championship game twice in his first two years as a pro and he makes $3.25 million a year. Joe Flacco is a better quarterback than you in a much tougher division and he’ll make $6.7 million this year. You didn’t even average 200 passing yards a game last year and that was the best season of your career! So what are you complaining about?
You’re playing on a team that drafted you as their number 1 pick overall in the 2005 draft. You’re on a team that has a talented TE, an amazing offensive line, some nice receivers, an outstanding head coach, and one of the best defenses in the NFL. And you were thinking about going to Miami? Apparently, they didn’t want you as much as you wanted them and just between us Alex, what is so exciting about the Dolphins? There isn’t even anyone of any consequence to pass to now that Brandon Marshall’s gone.
And if all that isn’t enough, you have your home in California, a beautiful wife and a one year old. Do you really want to uproot your family?
And you’ve got a coach that cares enough about you to want to try and talk you into staying. So listen Alex, unpack your suitcase, sign on the dotted line before the Niners change their minds, and be thankful you’ll start the season on one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. $8 million a year for three years…psshhhh!!!