The Miami Dolphins are still looking for their QB upgrade over Matt Moore. According to ESPN, the Dolphins are expanding their search on Sunday by bringing in 49ers free-agent QB, Alex Smith. Smith’s visit with the Dolphins comes just a day after the team had Matt Flynn in for a visit.
With all of the hoopla surrounding Peyton Manning’s decision, it appears Alex Smith is open to looking at other options. The 49ers have flirted with Manning and now risk losing their starting QB. Earlier this offseason, the 49ers offered Smith a 3 year contract worth about $24 mil. Then, they jumped into the Manning race and are now one of the 3 finalists.
Bringing Smith in for a visit could simply be a leverage play by the Dolphins. It’s been reported that the Dolphins are looking to sign Flynn to a team friendly deal. Maybe those negotiations yesterday didn’t go very far, so the Dolphins are leveraging Flynn by bringing in Smith? Or, maybe the Dolphins actually have an interest in Smith?
Alex Smith was the number one overall pick in the 2005 draft. He struggled early in his career and has a 58% career completion percentage. However, last year, Smith blossomed. Smith threw for 17 TDs and just 5 INTs, leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game. Maybe Joe Philbin sees something in Smith that makes him think he can be a better starter for the Dolphins than Flynn? Or maybe this is just a meeting that will cause Flynn to accept a lower offer from the Dolphins. We should know more later today…..
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