Originally posted by MadDog49er:
If they were down with CK, they wouldn't even make a contract offer to Smith.
It is clear the Niners are not committed to either QB right now. They are back in limbo mode. They probably offered a crappy 3-year deal to a guy who should probably warrent a deal similar to Ryan Fitzpatrick (this would be the logic from Smith's agent, Tom Condon). So, they do not feel sure that he is the face of the franchise.
On the flipside, they feel so little about CK in 2012, that they are offering a multi-year contract to Smith.
Honestly, I kinda hope Smith moves onto somewhere else. He is getting hosed by the organization at this point. Right now, we are committed to no one.
I think one part of the debate is if Ryan Fitzpatrick even warrants the deal he got.
Alex wants a contract that puts him in line with recent contracts for similar QBs. He (read: his agent) is looking at what others have done and setting the price point there, which makes sense.
The organization rightly realizes that Alex is not worth this much to other organizations, so they are setting their price point there, which is also reasonable.
More so than anything, I don't think this is a statement on Alex Smith. Instead, it is further evidence of what we already know Baalke's strategy to be:
Set a price point for your players, and they can accept it, or go on the market and try to get better. The only slap in the face to Alex is that they're not deviating from this script for him. He is assessed along the same standards as all other players. That strikes me as about right, particularly given that he's not a special player.