49ers continue to talk about bringing back Alex Smith

While saying that the team wants veteran Alex Smith “in the mix” this coming season, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke listed five quarterbacks that made pre-draft visits to the team’s facility.

The Niners need to find a quarterback to run first-year coach Jim Harbaugh’s offense and all signs point to a concerted effort being made to re-sign Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 who has had an up-and-down career amidst a slew of coaching changes.

It would appear the organization, which holds the seventh overall pick, would like to pair the veteran with a newcomer. Currently, former No. 1 pick turned journeyman David Carr is the only quarterback under contract. Why bring back Smith for a seventh season?

“I think there are a lot of reasons,” Baalke said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “He understands this building. He understands the system that Coach is interested in running from a dynamics standpoint. They obviously hit it off in their discussions. There's a lot of comfort in having somebody, especially when we're in the situation that we're in, where there are so many unknowns.”

But nothing is guaranteed with Smith and the 49ers likely want to bring in a young quarterback. Baalke listed TCU’s Andy Dalton, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Washington’s Jake Locker, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and Florida State’s Christian Ponder as quarterbacks that have visited.

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