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NFL Free Agency 2012: Alex Smith Confident Deal Will Get Done

The football world is abuzz about the new free-agent status of superstar Peyton Manning, but the San Francisco 49ers remain adamant that they are sticking with Alex Smith as their starting quarterback. The only small wrinkle there is that Smith is set to become a free agent on March 13. The team is hoping to work out a contract extension before then.

According to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Smith is confident that he and the team will be able to get a deal in place before the free agent market opens on Tuesday. Smith was in Arizona for a charity event on Saturday and Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic relayed some comments from the QB.

Q. Are you disappointed about your contract situation?

AS: "You know, it's going. I'm not disappointed about anything. It kind of is what it is right now. I'm not worried about anything. I'll just leave it at that."

Q. Are you confident that it gets done soon?

AS: "I think so. It's just a process. It takes some time. It will get done."

It seems just a matter of time now before Smith and his team come to an agreement. The only question is how much it will end up costing the 49ers. In the wake of the Mark Sanchez contract extension that was announced on Friday night, the price tag might be higher than initially thought.

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