SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh insists the particular 49ers prepared to get Alex Smith seeing that their quarterback perhaps whilst some people discussed the possibility regarding placing your signature to then-free factor Peyton Manning .
Harbaugh broken his / her every week conference with reporters with Wednesday by approaching precisely what he says will be ''erroneous perception that we ended up flirting by using Peyton Manning .''
Harbaugh labeled the reports stupid as well as phony, in that case spoken during time-span concerning his as well as team's ongoing assist with regard to Smith, who past time aided this 49ers reach the particular playoffs for any newbie because 2002.
''I've claimed all of it along, Alex Smith have been our quarterback,'' Harbaugh said. ''There's no scenario apart from Alex deciding upon to be able to warning by using another company that him and i would have regarded as him quite a bit less our own quarterback. It's moment to set this record straight.
''Alex Smith is our quarterback, ended up being our quarterback in addition to (we) had just about every intention with often bringing your ex boyfriend back.''
San Francisco was amongst a small number of teams investigating Manning, an 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
At one particular point, Harbaugh as well as other crew authorities flew to North Carolina to observe Manning determine around the Duke campus.
Manning opted the Denver Broncos, telephoning Harbaugh personally to advise your pet with their decision.
Harbaugh, though, mentioned that 49ers were merely reviewing Manning and the their fascination with your ex couldn't visit a lot further when compared with that.
Smith, whom fulfilled temporarily with all the Miami Dolphins, wound up coming to a decisionupon a three-year, $33 trillion post paid to stay with San Francisco only some a short time after Manning decided to a $96 million, five-year deal while using Broncos.
''Were all of us available seeing, evaluating whenever most people might have them both? Heck yeah,'' Harbaugh said. ''You assess that, an individual do away with your possibility. We could definitely not possess assigned any participant out there in free agency a sixth of your salary cap and let 6 months time or seven of our very own people go. Hopefully, this sets the track record straight. You need not continue confirming the silliness or even phoniness.
''There had been desire (in Manning) and also most people evaluated it, pursued it, further considered them plus there seemed to be conversations. But there seems to be nothing mentioned for you to Alex that's not said to Peyton Manning or even throughout house here, for the history or off of this record. Both these young men knew what exactly our wishes were.''
Smith seemed to be caught off-guard when asked within the topic Wednesday, one thing he first discussed when they signed their new post paid with overdue March.
''Yeah just a little bit, just a little surprised,'' said Smith, grinning.
Smith, the primary overall opt for within the 2006 NFL draft, had done train and was doing exercise with a very few teammates inside 49ers' on-field exercise when Harbaugh made his comments. The 49ers guru soon after strolled about and knelt close to Smith, that smiled as the two males spoke.
''Coach Harbaugh, coming from in a given period I've already been here, has become completely honest,'' Smith said. ''I definitely felt such as this was my own work to be able to compete for, simply no question. I look including what we should attained not too long ago of which I should have had that.''
Smith said the particular team were upfront with your ex with regards to its objectives having Manning which both the factors continued to be within contact during the entire entire process.
''I mean, monthly before almost any associated with the Peyton Manning products (they) had also been fighting for with my family an extra shot and (sign) a new contract,'' Smith said. ''When of which arose, they were honest. I knew these were going to see him, check him out, do his or her due diligence.''