Mercury News reports Alex Smith is happy being in San Fran, and for now he wants to be in the Bay for the 2011 season.
Alex Smith will not be known as a cut-and-runner, that much is guaranteed, which is the only thing that is guaranteed about his career so far, it takes a certain wellspring of character to stick it out through thin and thin. And it speaks to Smith’s stubbornness and fateful timing that he has blossomed as the 49ers’ singular leader now, precisely when they have selected another quarterback to replace him. Smith is not the quarterback of the future; Colin Kaepernick is, and Smith isn’t even signed as a 49er, though he is destined to sign a one-year deal whenever the lockout is lifted. But in a situation that would cause other quarterbacks immediately to seek employment anywhere else, Smith has somehow emerged as the central organizing force for the players’ unofficial workouts and beyond. “It is different — I’m not even on the roster, and I’m calling up guys to get this together,” Smith said with a smile.