Originally posted by fastforward:
It seems like most people are missing the point. Kolb, Fitzgerald, Sanchez deals and Palmer's pay this year from the Raiders just set the base for starting quarterback pay (just like a bunch of $8 million/season that set the base 4-5 years ago). The elite QB pay already went to $18+ million/season. Most likely if Smith walks, the 49ers will have to pay an average QB the same $12+ million/season in pay. Flynn may very well cost that much or more. Smith would be actually be a bargain at the price that Cam Inman guessed would be.
It isn really the average, it's the guaranteed money that is outrageous. Sanchez got 20M, Fitz got 24M, No way in hell is Alex worth that much. He had 1 good season, and shouldn't get anywhere near 10M a yr average.
And 3yr deal is fair. He isnt a franchise QB. Just isnt, like I doubt Flynn is. I'd much rather sign Josh Johnson and let Alex exit. He isnt getting 50M+ with any team, including us.
Just go after Peyton, or say screw you alex, and move on.