MIAMI (AP) — San Francisco 49ers free agent quarterback Alex Smith has left the Miami Dolphins’ complex after a 5½-hour meeting with the team.
The visit Sunday could affect the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, because the 49ers are among three finalists for Manning, along with the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.
The 49ers had been working to re-sign Smith, the No. 1 overall 2005 draft pick who had his best season in 2011 under first-year 49ers coach Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback. Smith and Manning have the same agent, Tom Condon.
The Dolphins’ unexpected courtship of Smith came after they were spurned by Manning. They then courted former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who instead agreed to terms Sunday with the Seattle Seahawks on a multiyear deal.
Source: Associated Press