On Tuesday, it was announced that the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Alex Smith agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal that would keep the former first round draft selection with the team for another season.
Despite being a free agent, Smith lead offseason team workouts this summer during the NFL lockout that started on March 11.
This news should not come as a shock to most since this has been expected since the NFL Draft.
Below is some early fan reaction to the news from our Facebook
As you can imagine, those against Smith's return are being very vocal and as Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) points out, this deal was already agreed upon ... in April.
Not worth that much for 1 year
Throwing money out th window.
I been a Alex Smith supporter but he let's me down all the time smh I hope it works out this time. Niners for life!
Were gonna lose every game
there goes r season
Guys remember Harbaugh is coaching him up now, and if Alex's play starts to slip he'll replace him. War Alex Smith
well now that we actually have a coach that knows how to work with Qb's lets give Alex a chance. He's never had anyone that knew how to work with him so far in his career. Its do or die time now for Alex.
I wont believe it til i see it.. boo alex
Oh well...no one in our divison is making any big moves so far! I don't think T-Jax's is an upgrade from what they had...plus we have Jim a coach who knows how to coach....
As much as I don't support him I do believe he is our best shot as of right now because he's had the playbook the longest.. but CK7 is our future QB, but anything could happen.. hopefully we can pick up another veteran or someone worth a trade or money.
No surprise her people... We knew he was coming back... Although we did spend more than I thought we would...
could worse... Seattle is signing Tavris Jackson and Mat Leinart... :X
Alex chokes. Simple as that. i think we should give Troy a chance. or Carr. I dont know much about Kapernick but even he would be better. Alex Smith had his chance. 6 years and what did he give us? Loss after loss. We have a new coach now we need a new QB. Time for a new start. but now they we will have to face the concesquences. All we can do is hope for the best. I have faith in you Harbaugh. NINERS FOR LIFE!!!!
Is there another team in the nfl that would have paid him half of that???? The answer is NOooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
Smith will blossom with Harbaugh!
this was expected & makes the most sense, everyone's hero Kolb had a lower QB rating than Alex who was coached by moron Sing
Alex is NOT the reason why this team hasn't had a winning record since 2002. Terrible head coaching, inconsistency w/ personnel, hot/cold defense are all bigger reasons why this team has sucked frankly over the years. How is Alex or anyone supposed to succeed in those conditions? Its a ONE year deal. They're not making him the franchise QB. Just giving him a fair shot now that we have a SUCCESSFUL head coach
By: George Houston
Date: August 15, 2011 at 7:13 AM
Comment: Alex Smith is a third class quarterback on a second class team!And Coach Harbaugh is already starting with the excuses, after he got his ass kicked! Ladies and Gentlemen the fans of 49ers deserve much better then this crap! This is the NFL not college football. When is the San Francisco 49er mis-management going to realize whats going on!
Date: August 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM
Comment: it is naysayers w/ your negative comments that keep this topic going...niner nation is really not united enough to support our team.niner fans should unite,cheer,think positive that the team will get better...enough alex bashing, give him credit for wanting to be a NINER!! show support for your team.
By: Joseph Snead
Date: August 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Comment: If any 49er fan out in the real world were to perform in his day to day job at the subpar level of A. Smith, he or she would have been fired many years ago. There is an axiom in Economics that says you never go after "sunk" (already spent) costs. How ever many millions of 49er $$ have already been spent on Alex is irrelevant. Let him go. Troy Smith until Colin is ready.
By: milehigh niner
Date: August 2, 2011 at 6:52 AM
Comment: Who else were we gonna get really? No doubt I would take Kyle Orton, Kevin Kolb, or Carson Palmer if available. But it's not happening and we have to do the best with what we have. Smith has been a disappointment and there's no denying that. The guy hasn't been put in the greatest situations either though. He's been trying to make chicken salad outta chicken shit for years now. Also we don't need Alex to be Tom Brady. Look at Trent Dilfer with the Super Bowl champ Ravens in 2000. All Dilfer did was manage the game. With a strong running game and a stout defense, we could do fine with a mediocre QB. We have all the talent needed. KEEP THE FAITH. NINERS 4 LIFE!
By: David sims
Date: July 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM
Comment: This is rediculous......how many chances does he need, he sucks!!!! Plain & simple the guy cant & wont get it done....this organization wans to win but dont want to do what it takes by getting the right personel.....let him go already he is just not worth it!
Date: July 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Comment: Look people you guys in Bay Area Sports scene need to grow-up & take full inventory of how inept the 49er front office has been for the last ten years & stop blaming Alex Smith for all the teams woes & demise! The ownership & 49er front office have been clueless for over a decade while you fishwrap writers & overeager homers have been blind not you put the blame for the collaspe of the Dynasty where it belongs? People that never deserved aposition: Terry Donahue, Dennis Erickson, Mike "I'm afraid of Future Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rogers" Nolan, Mike " I'm a gifted coach "Singletary, all horrible & clueless to real football coaching!
Date: July 30, 2011 at 4:07 AM
Comment: As we all k ow Alex hasn't been "great" so far. He's he's been mediocre he's been hurt he's been great he's been bad. As a niner qfan I cant wait to see him be all of those.... Minus the injuries and make the playoffs this year. I don't care if we lose In the first round the experience will pay for itself. This may not be the Alex smith show YET the whole team will have to do well for it to happen but once it does it won't matter who's at qb we'll all be happy as long as we're I'm the playoffs. Alex Smith is our best bet and I'm behind him 110%. It's gonna happen we'll win the what's your deal bowl and roll from there.
Date: July 30, 2011 at 1:44 AM
Comment: Who's the experienced backup for Smith and the new rookie QB? Seems dumb to have no plan B if Smith gets hurts or can't perform.
Date: July 29, 2011 at 7:21 PM
Comment: Another season down the drain! A smith is horrible.
Date: July 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Comment: Is there a reason why we didnt even attempt to make a deal for Carson Palmer? A vet to Mentor CK7 woulda been nice. And What happend to that Johnson Harbaugh reunion?..We have have two unprovern qbs on our roster..a Rookie and an Unreliable. Two qbs with obvious potential to be great. We've all seen Smith make progress and have a good game. We know what Caepernick was great i college and we know he's our future. But CK could just as well become another Smith if we dont sign someone to show him how its done. We want the Brett Farve/Aaron Rodgers effect, not the Jake Delhomme/Matt Moore type thing.
Date: July 29, 2011 at 7:32 AM
Comment: The man has a history we can look at! Should have been shown the street 2-3 years ago. Damn another long year!
Date: July 28, 2011 at 9:48 PM
Comment: Seriously? Alex Smith did well under Norv Turner as O.C.? First of all that was in 2006-2007. Secondly, he was only middle of the pack that year. He had a QB rating of 74. For whom is that good for? Not to say that he is useless, he would be a very good backup QB. If you need someone to hold down the fort for a few games, he's your man. But to be a starter for all 16 games? I think it is clear that he cannot do that job. He is a good person and has shown leadership this off season by organizing practices during the lockout, but good intentions do not mean good play on the field. I don't know who should replace him, but I do know that he has had his opportunities and has yet to produce. It's been long enough - the 49er faithful have been patient long enough.
Date: July 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM
Comment: Guess we'll just have to trust Harbaugh's judgement. we lost alot of games last year by only a TD or FG. games we should have won. I think its our time. GO 49ERS!
By: larry (louisian 49ers fan)!!!
Date: July 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Comment: I have faith in Alex, he has had how many different Office Coordinators, i dont care how good you are thats tough on you. When he first came in he didnt have the talent around him as much as now. Now i agree its make or break for him this year!! But her is my bold prediction...49ers 10-6, win divison, and make some noise all season!!!
Date: July 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM
Comment: Please wake me up when this Alex nightmare is over
Date: July 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM
Comment: Another year of ints for Alice maybe Harbaugh wants Luck with the #1 pick!! I hope Alice changes but have a feeling he will be getting booooed out of the stadium like last year!!!!!
Date: July 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM
Comment: Alex is the problem. He has one 300 yard game as a starter, can't make the accurate throws (over/under throws), and miss reads defenses. Sure, we have had a lot of head coaches and coordinators but they do not handle the ball. Trick question, name 1 out of 32 teams Alex Smith could start for if he was not re-signed?
Date: July 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM
Comment: I agree with Hall Of Famer, and greatest left handed QB of all time.....Steve Young! Alex has had plenty of excuses, and some of them are valid. But, at some point you have to produce, regardless of circumstance. Alex hasn't! and you have to believe that if he was truly talented enough, we would have seen it by now. Bad start Jim H.
Date: July 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Comment: I've been known to stick my foot in my mouth plenty of times, and I'm going to step out again here by saying that any of you who believe that Harbaugh is going to turn Smith into "something" that he isn't, well, you're going to be very disappointed. If great coaching turns average to terrible QB's into great players, Steve DeBerg would have led the Niners to four Super bowl trophies in the 1980's, not Joe Montana. Walsh was the greatest QB coach of his time, but not even the father of the WCO could turn his first QB, the one he inheirited, Steve DeBerg, into a winning player. DeBerg KILLED us before Walsh arrived. He continued to KILL US after Walsh got here, though he did have some passing success under the WCO. But he would always throw that killer pick or make that killer fumble to cost us a game. GOOD COACHING DOES NOT MAKE FOR A GREAT PLAYER. Get that through your heads people. Harbaugh will not turn Smith into a winner -- EVER. That said, get ready for another season of truly frustrating 49er football.
By: Kory Maglinti
Date: July 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Comment: Coach is just buying time to pick up LUCK next year. Trust me, it's all planned.
Date: July 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Comment: Don't make Jim Harbough our great white hope,Alex has had numorous offensive coordnators+couches. There is just no help for the boy!
Date: July 27, 2011 at 1:11 AM
Comment: I wonder what number will be larger when all is said and done, Alex's lives with the niners, or the times that Bret Favre cames out of retirement?
Date: July 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Comment: Alex smith is a bum and always will be a bum I don't see the niners taking chances on anybody I see this same thing happen every year with this team what makes harbaugh think that after three coaches that alex smith is going to be worth another year? There's no reason why the niners shouldn't win this god awful division every year.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM
Comment: Maybe Alex Smith can finally deliver...Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 draft.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM
Comment: Wow! Talk about venom! In this league, you produce or your out no matter how incredible your character is. Truly though, this is Alex's last drink in the "Last Chance" Bar. I commend his determination and dedication to instilling the new offense when he was NOT under contract. That being said, the man needs to step up and be consistent. I believe Harbaugh can help achieve exactly that. Coach will be there riding his azz especially when he starts to flounder. I expect a better Alex Smith this year. If not, Kaepernick is just itching to get into the starting role. He will be, but not this year. Alex has no more chances in SF. The one year deal says it all.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 7:18 PM
Comment: alex smith is the worst quaterback in the nfl if you dont believe the numbers watch the film...he never knows the play he always takes the sack even when out of the pocket.i went to seattle for the game last season and wanted to put a bag on my head it was so embarrising.harbaugh what are you thinking? smih will be boooed out of candlestick....maybe smith is paying the 9ers 5 million he should after thier investment lost...to think we coulda got aaron rogers if nolan wasnt a defence guy and could have recognized true qb talent
Date: July 26, 2011 at 7:16 PM
Comment: @ Tony. I've heard many times people say how Alex Smith flourished under Norv Turner's tutelage. Maybe, but the guy was complimented by 1600+ yard running back and still didn't lead that team to a playoff-run as I remember.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM
Comment: They can sign Alex Smith to 7 more years and you "go boy", get that money Alex. But what an indictment on a failed organization that after continous losing seasons, firing of coach after coach and assistants after assistants, that the one constant in the 1st overall pick from 7 years past is still apart of the organization and at the helm to lead that organizations team. Players from around the league are beginning to question this organizations decisions on this one player. Harbaugh may turn him into the next Brady, but damn there has to be some envious players on this team and around the league not being given the number of chances this one man has been given...
Date: July 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM
Comment: Cmon we've wasting too many years with Alex release him and get hasselback?
Date: July 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM
Comment: 5 million? I say its worth it. Who else on offense would've got everyone together and worked through a new play book. Actually I don't think there's many guys in the league that would've done what he did with him being unsigned. Shows real character, that's a rare thing today. Ya, I've been frustrated with his play over the years but at the same time I don't think many would do well if put in the same situation. Go Niners!
Date: July 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM
Comment: The Alex smith you see this year, will be the Alex smith we should have had the whole time!!!! With a competent coaching staff, he will flourish!!! Look at JH's history with qb's!!! He knows how to make them as good as they can be!!! As for kapernick, I hope he pays off, but right now he is just a draft pick. We do not have the future until someone, anyone steps up to claim it...period.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Comment: Let's give him another chance he did alright with Norv Turner as his OC. Who Knows if he does real bad we might have a chance at Andrew Luck
By: 9er4life -tavi-
Date: July 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM
Comment: do u think r coaches dont know what there doing .. there a coach that can make alex b an the qb he should b.. if your a niner fan JUST BELIEVE AND B OPEN MINDED...
Date: July 26, 2011 at 5:49 PM
Comment: Waste of money, Smith is a bust. Would be better off using that money for Franklin or a top CB. They have 3 years to develop Kap whu waste another year n 5 mil on Smith.
Date: July 26, 2011 at 5:41 PM
Comment: people quit bitchin and start believing, Alex now has a coaching staff that will work with him, hell he has been the coaching staff for 3 months, let him try, noe that dingleberry is gone lets see what they can do , support our team!!!!!!!!!!!!