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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:16 PM


After the 49ers' dalliances with Peyton Manning, and quarterback Alex Smith's corresponding free-agent visit to Miami, it seems that both sides have agreed to make nice ... and make do. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area confirmed a report from Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, indicating that the 49ers have re-signed Smith. Before 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman flew to North Carolina last Tuesday to watch Manning work out, Smith had been considering a three-year, $24 million offer from the team.
Because Smith hadn't yet agreed to terms, the 49ers felt justified in going after Manning, an option that Manning seriously considered before agreeing to terms with the Denver Broncos on a five-year, $96 million deal. The speculation was that Manning wouldn't sign with an NFC team because he might have to face brother Eli in the playoffs, but Manning refuted that claim when asked by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Tuesday.
[Related: Tim Tebow's friend says QB wants to head back to Florida]
"It's unfair to say that because I wouldn't have had the discussions and the talks and the workout for the San Francisco 49ers if that were the case," Manning said. "I knew that San Francisco was in the NFC. When the two of us started to talk, I very easily could have seen myself being a 49er. That's why it was so hard. I kept wanting for someone to just tell me where to go."

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