Report: 49ers close in on deal with Alex Smith

Common sense doesn’t always prevail in free agency.

In fact, often some wacky things go down.

But in the case of the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Alex Smith, it looks like the right thing will go down. According to ESPN, the team and the quarterback are close to finalizing a deal that will bring Smith back to the team he helped guide to the NFC Championship Game this past season.

Smith’s future – and the future of the quarterback position for the Niners – has been up in the air since the team made a play for Peyton Manning and failed. Coach Jim Harbaugh spent an hour meeting with Smith on Monday. The quarterback had visited the Miami Dolphins and a potential trip to Seattle was scuttled after the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn.

That left Smith without many options and now it’s time for the sides to come together. Reports were the team had a $24 million, three-year deal on the table for Smith previously. We’ll see if it’s been tweaked somewhat as the Niners try to make it clear Smith is their man.

Owner Jed York said Monday an offer remained on the table. Now, that offer is nearly complete.

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