49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be a free agent this offseason but it is highly unlikely he will be made available to any of the 31 other teams in the NFL.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers’ braintrust is “unanimous” in their desire to bring Smith back as their starting quarterback.
“We’re all in lockstep as an organization that Alex Smith is our guy,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh. “It’s well-documented. You saw the way he played this year. (He is a) tremendous leader on our football team.”
Harbaugh will open the job up to competition between Smith and Colin Kaepernick after Smith is re-signed but Smith is firmly expected to win that battle. It is extremely unlikely that the 49ers will enter the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.