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Colin Kaepernick’s dream has come true: 49ers now in on Peyton Manning

Via @BrixxisKING

It was quiet. TOO quiet.

No one else has used that line before, right? Sweet, I’m rolling with it.

Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers have been on their way to a new contract for days now. Yep, totally going to happen. Just waiting for him to sign the dotted line. Why the delay? Don’t worry about it kid, just let the grownups negotiate. Smith was Jim Harbaugh’s caddy, for Montana’s sake. And the golfer/caddy bond is one that can never be broken.

/Tiger Woods fist pump

Now the 49ers’ search for a starting quarterback in 2012 has taken a turn that nobody expected … but one everyone at least considered, either consciously or subconsciously.

 

It only makes sense. Now that Monta “Monte” Ellis is gone, the Bay Area needed a guy whose first name everyone can misspell on Twitter.

After the best year of his pro career, now it’s Smith who’s got “Manning Face.”

Four questions…

1. Did Smith piss off the 49ers by not being a good soldier and taking the first respectable contract offer?

2. Did the 49ers purposely lowball Smith, figuring if he didn’t sign they always had the Manning option? Not that Manning would run the option for the Niners, since he runs slower than Bengie Molina on Benadryl, but you probably get what I mean. No need to go into Jay Leno-mode and explain everything.

3. Are Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke (oh, those sneaky bastards) feigning interest in Manning in order to keep Smith’s cap number lower?

4. Were Harbaugh and Baalke feigning interest in keeping Smith as their “QB of the future” this whole time?

While Smith has to be hurt, annoyed, angry, and downright fatigued with the 49ers organization at this point, four people are euphoric right now (and that’s not counting 49ers fans who don’t trust Smith, or Bay Area sports talk hosts — who’ve been calling for Manning for weeks now because he’ll increase ratings and eliminate the need for show-prep).

Peyton Manning: Obviously he watched the Niners closely during the NFC Championship Game. While he surely rooted for his brother, he also probably cringed every time Smith threw a ground ball where shortstop used to be, back when the San Francisco Giants called Candlestick home. The Broncos are decent, but they don’t have the 49ers’ defense (does anyone?), and then Manning would have to replace a fan favorite in Tim Tebow. Playing in Tennessee would be like Matthew McConaughey returning to campus in Dazed and Confused, so they’re still probably the leaders in this sweepstakes — but the Niners give Manning extra negotiating power he has to appreciate, now that everyone knows he isn’t going to Miami or Arizona.

Colin Kaepernick: Let’s see, he can either wait behind a guy who’s in his late 20s and on the rise, or learn from the most brilliant offensive mind among active NFL players, a guy who’s in the twilight of a career that could end at any time if he sleeps on the wrong pillow. The difference between Smith and Manning is the difference between Kaepernick playing for the 49ers in a year or two or trying to prove he isn’t a career backup somewhere else.

Vernon Davis: While we know the 49ers haven’t had a wide receiver as talented as Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne since Terrell Owens wore braces, Manning made Dallas Clark a star. Davis has a solid relationship with Smith, and Davis blew up in the playoffs with Smith under center. But imagine what would be able to do with Manning.

Michael Crabtree: Ditto, and he doesn’t even work well with Smith.

Not that anyone cares — but while Manning would create a waterfall of page views and story topics, I’d be a little bummed if Smith was tossed aside after he finally showed glimpses of why he was chosen No. 1 overall. He’s a nice guy, almost too nice, and if the 49ers go with Manning you know he’ll say the right things threw clenched teeth, kind of like Steve Young after Joe Montana led the Chiefs to that win over the 49ers back in 1994.

Smith may still rejoin the team. Who knows, maybe Manning wanted to go to Tennessee all along, or John Elway’s career numbers will trump whatever Harbaugh has to say in his recruiting pitch. CSN’s Mindy Bach is reporting that the 49ers’ chance of signing Manning is slim, and a report out of Denver says Manning wants his new contract to match his old one: five years, $90 million and $61.8 million over the first two years. Yikes.

However, nobody thought the 49ers would nab Harbaugh either. If Smith was truly the 49ers’ “guy,” don’t you think they’d have signed him by now? If you feel like underestimating the 49ers when they’re showing interest like this, be prepared for Jed York and Trent Baalke to prove you wrong..

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John Sports
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I’ve heard that the Cardinals are still in the running, if that’s the case maybe Balke is just trying to up the price they would have to cough up.
If they are serious I think it is really risky…Manning is suppose to be throwing really well, but what happens when he takes a hit??? Can’t wait till Kapernick is ready.

Stan
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Manning must have more then enough money to pick the best team to lead to the Super Bowl..and THAT would be the 49ers. Not that it would be cheap…but a 2 year contract of less then 30 mill sounds good enough. 5? Even he knows one good year is a chance,why ask for five at 37 years old? Smith just got his answer on where he stands..but then again,he asked for it. He’s holding out after one good-not great-just good for him,season?. He thinks he hit the jackpot..but thats more crackpot. Lets see that Randy Moss doesnt sulk “Man if… Read more »
Lenny
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To point out the obvious here, the 49ers and Smith have nothing to gain by signing on the dotted line early. By waiting it out a bit, the 49ers were effectively able to help in forcing Arizona out of the equation (we’ll never know whether the possibility of being a 49er really did hurt Arizona’s chance at Manning, but it certainly looks that way) and it gives smith the opportunity to test the waters a little bit for the first time in his career, a boost to his confidence if other teams are interested and a chip on his shoulder… Read more »
John Sports
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I would think Tennessee too Lenny, but the upside for Manning would be the NINERS, as far as getting back to the Super Bowell. I just don’t see him catapulting the Titans that far.
I don’t know how long Kapernik is under contract for, I just hope they can keep him long enough to see him start for the NINERS.

Otis Byrd III
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I think this is great news that the 49ers have entered the Manning race. Yes, he’s an injury risk, but the 49ers are probably the best fit for Manning right now, and the 49ers should at least inquire about him, even if he ends up signing somewhere else.

Gary Radnich actually brought up a good point in stating how he would feel if he was Alex Smith. How does Alex Smith feel about this? Would he understand? Smith probably might be hurt, but hopefully he understands that the 49ers needed to at least inquire about Peyton Manning. Why not?

Jeff
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If Al Davis was alive, Manning would be a Raider.

John Sports
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I don’t think so Jeff, Da Raiders are in Salary cap HELL, but I do think McKenzie will have them going in the right direction for years to come, Raider fans are just going to have to be patient like NINER fans were after the God AWFULL Donahue era.

John Sports
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You know what is interesting if this does come to perdition, Harbaugh was the Colts QB…Manning replaces him…Harbaugh coachs Luck into the player he is today…Luck replaces Manning as the Colts QB…Manning QB’s the NINERS under Harbaugh, Full Circle.

Stan
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Conversley,this has to be Smith’s nightmare…after six years lost in the woods stepping on what Bears do..he emerged..came within a inch of the Super Bowl..then,took advice from his agent “Let em sweat kid”..THEN Manning comes in.
IF Manning signs,maybe ALex SMith will add one plus one that his agent is ALSO Mannings agent.
Fkash forward to Alex Smith in August fighting for a job with Detroit…vs SHAUN HILL, Da Da Da Duuummm..play Twilight Zone music…or Tales from the Crypt..take you pick.

John
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Except It wouldn’t be for a started in Det. LOL

They have a starting QB in Stafford !!!!!!

GooseLosGatos
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The majority of 49ers fans think Alex Smith isn’t worthy of the 49ers. I think its the other way around – 49er fans aren’t worty of Alex Smith. What Alex has been through with the Niners: – 7 different offensive coordinators – followed 2 of the greatest QB’s of all time – publically derided by two head coaches who didn’t know jack about the QB position – bood by fans, constantly criticized on airwaves and blogs for 6 years – had major shoulder injury 29 oyt of 30 other QB’s wold have run for the Canadian football league or Europe… Read more »
John Sports
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Goose, do you really think Alex would succeed with another team? I agree with you he seems like a class act and he has gotten the shaft in a lot of ways, but a lot of players have overcome more than him. I don’t know about the whole Manning deal but I do know the NINERS need an upgrade at that position…I just keep hoping it will be Kapernik some day. Who knows if Alex signs with someone else and Manning signs with the Titans or the Broncos maybe Kapernik will be that “shlub” that brings the NINERS to the… Read more »
GooseLosGatos
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John Sports, my main point isn’t thet Alex is neccessarily a great QB but rather he is too often seen in the light of what he isn’t as opposed to what he is. Furthermore, people talk about the guy like he’s a loser which he is definately not. Finally, I think too many fans are still living in the Montana/Young years. The NFL only has about 5 guys in that league and if the Niners loose Alex fans may start to realize the Niners could do a lot lot lot worse. Besides, I think he has a higher celing than… Read more »
John Sports
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All good points Goose, don’t get me wrong I was happy to see his improvements last season and was looking forward to the upcoming season with Alex as QB and Kapernik waiting in the wings.
What I’m concerned of at this point is there is no going back…If Manning signs with the Titans or Broncos then the trust that was built up last Year between Alex and the Coaching Staff Is now gone…It will be Interesting to see if Harbaugh can wave his magic wand and make it work.

ROBERT "BEETLE" BEILHARZ
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ROBERT "BEETLE" BEILHARZ
I’M SORRY FOR THE CAPS BUT I HAVE VERY BAD EYES. I LOVE KAPP “FLICK-IT” NICK AND WHEN HE FINALLY GETS IN THE GAME HE WILL HAVE THE ARM THAT THE NINERS NEED. JOSH LEFT FOR ONE REASON AND ONE REASON ONLY, TO CATCH PASSES FROM RG3. I’M SURE YOUR AWARE OF THIS BUT RECEIVERS LIKE TO CATCH MORE THAN 2 PASSES A GAME AND HAVE BOMBS FOR TD’S. TOLZ’S IS NOT TO SHABBY EITHER AND CAN BE A VERY,VERY GOOD NFL QB AS HE RACKED UP THE POINT’S FOR THE BADGERS DURING HIS TIME THERE SO THE NINERS HAVE… Read more »
Adam
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We aren’t comparing Alex to Montana and Young, were just saying that we have been a QB away from a SB. We need a franchise QB in here and we haven’t had one. Someone that had one good year isn’t that guy. Has he even had a passing game over 300 yrd’s? I don’t think so. If we can get a hall of fame QB in here like a Peyton Manning, why wouldn’t we? Alex should understand why were going after Manning. Every time I watched Colin get in the game he looked really promising. He could learn a lot… Read more »
devnull
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I would like to take a moment and say to all the BASG participants — regulars and newcomers alike — that the generally civil conversation, rational discourse, and mostly intelligent debate here is a *much* higher level than is found on e.g. CSN.

Please keep it up.

Oh sure, things get out of hand here on BASG too sometimes — name-calling, insults unworthy of gradeschool children on the playground, whatever.

But it seems like *every* topic on CSN degenerates to an unintelligible combative babble, and it’s nice to have a forum that mostly operates above that level.

GooseLosGatos
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Adam,
every rookie ‘looks promising’ until they start playing real minutes. Kapernick may have ‘potential’ but 4 snaps does not a accuate predictor make.

Nice posts Devnull and BASG.

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