With the news breaking yesterday that the Peyton tour had stopped in San Francisco for a visit, it was no surprise when it was announced today that 49ers QB Alex Smith was making a visit to Miami and scheduling a stop in Seattle. Clearly he wasn’t waiting around for the 49ers to float an offer his way, especially in light that the team is wooing and ogling over Manning.
Two can play this game and illustrates how quickly things can change in the free agency shuffle.
In fact, yesterday I tweeted that with Manning working out for the Niners, Smith’s reaction must have been “WTF?”
Yes, the NFL is a cutthroat business and Smith knows this. Obviously, he is smart enough to understand that the 49ers aren’t real comfortable moving into the future on his arm – and I guess you can’t blame the Niners’ brass for swooning over Manning if he indeed is serious about the potential for joining the team.
But you have to credit Smith for looking out for himself. While it’s a slap in the face to a man who took the team to within a fumble in overtime of the Super Bowl, I say good for him in taking things into his own hands.
Though he will be competing against the likes of Matt Flynn in trying to convince either the Dolphins or Seahawks to sign him, both of those teams will be better off with either of those two quarterbacks.
And so where would that leave the 49ers if Manning turns a cold shoulder?
Most likely without a starting quarterback … yes, it is indeed a cutthroat business.