According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco the San Francisco 49ers have an 'offer on the table' to keep quarterback Alex Smith in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future, an apparently have no interest in pursuing recently released quarterback Peyton Manning.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't quelled his strong feelings for Alex Smith since arriving with the Niners, almost a 'bromance' if you will, stating multiple times that 'he's our guy' going forward. San Francisco would like to lock him up for a long-term deal, according to a source close to the situation.
Smith, 28, is coming off his best season as a pro, leading the 49ers to a 13-3 record and the NFC Championship game. Manning, 36, missed the entire 2011 season with his surgically repaired neck, and it still isn't 100 percent clear just where his health is heading into the season.
One interesting thing of note is that agent Tom Condon represents both Alex Smith and Peyton Manning, though likely won't have much sway on the matter.
Editor's Note: SB Nation's Brad Wells discussed potential destinations for Peyton Manning and it is interesting to note he made no reference to the 49ers. The team seems pretty set on keeping Alex Smith, but much of the chatter has been how good a fit Manning is for the improving 49ers. Here is what Brad had to say:
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