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!!!
Great post, I’ve been saying this ever since Peyton Manning decided on Denver. Why would he be upset that San Fran decided to chase a four time MVP and future hall of famer in Peyton Manning. Last time I checked he is neither and shouldn’t have even been surprised, I know I wasn’t. I was only surprised that it took SF so long to come into the chase. And I’m surprised Peyton didn’t go there, but that’s an entirely different topic.
Thanks! Back on March 6th we posted an article saying that S.F. Would be the best fit for Peyton but that he probably would never go. Not as long as baby brother is in the NFC.
Yeah I actually thought the same thing myself. I honestly think Archie Manning has a lot to do with that as well. That and the NFC is a much harsher road than the AFC, but the 49ers probably best team in the league with a healthy Manning. The news about Denver was bittersweet but what can you do.
Alex Smith whining over the 49ers going after Peyton Manning is the equivalent of Joel Petro whining over the Nets pursuing Dwight Howard. (Okay, maybe not THAT extreme)
…lol but I get your point.
What I found interesting is the Peyton and Alex Smith share the same agent. You don’t think he was in the loop for what was happening? How hard would it be for the agent to say, hey Alex, I guarantee Peyton is not going to SF, so why don’t you take a little trip down to Miami for a few hours and make it look like you are interested. Afterwards, the Niners will bring the Brinks truck to your doorstep after Peyton goes to the Broncos.
Shady, but I promise something like that happened.
You could be right. (You sound like a skeptic like me).