Despite the urging of the former star wide receiver Jerry Rice, the San Francisco 49ers will not attempt to sign quarterback Peyton Manning, according to NFL.com.
The 49ers, instead, are intent on re-signing Alex Smith. A contract for Smith has already been placed on the table by San Francisco, sources have told NFL.com. Smith has the same agent as Manning, Tom Condon.
Rice had told the Marin Independent Journal that if Manning were available, the 49ers should attempt to sign him.
“I think you go for it,” Rice told the Paper. “A guy of that talent, you’ve got everything in place. You’ve got a defense that smacks you in the mouth. You just need a little more out of the offense. That’s not knocking what Alex (Smith) did. (Manning) can take you to a whole different level.” Smith was selected by the 49ers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, but until the 2011 season he had generally been considered a disappointment. Last year, under the tutelage of new 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, Smith had the best year of his career. In 16 games he completed 61.3 percent of his passes, threw for 3,144 yards, and collected 17 passing touchdowns.