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What's holding up Smith's Niners deal?

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08:09 AM ET 03.08 | The 49ers' offer to Alex Smith has reportedly been on the table for some time. So what's the hold up? Smith has been exceedingly open about wanting to return to the 49ers while the 49ers -- namely, Jim Harbaugh -- have been even more effusive in their desire to have him back. It should have been done by now, right? According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the snag is the length of the deal, and with it the amount of guaranteed money. The 49ers are offering a shorter-term deal, believed to be three years. Smith's agent, Tom Condon, is pushing for a longer deal, believed to be five years. ... Does this mean the two parties will go their separate ways? No, it's not even close to that point.

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March 8, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Condon represents Smith.


Condon represents P. Manning.




Just noting facts here.

March 8, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Condon represents Smith. Condon represents P. Manning. Just noting facts here.

I was shocked to see a non-Manning thread today. Way to tie it in, Otis!

March 8, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Condon represents Smith. Condon represents P. Manning. Just noting facts here.

Wouldn't that be a kick in the teeth

March 8, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Having the same agent representing both Smith and Manning seems like a conflict of interest.

March 8, 2012  08:23 AM ET

There waiting on Andrew Luck!!!

March 8, 2012  08:25 AM ET

I wouldn't be shocked to discover the Niners are waiting to see what shakes out with Manning before offering Smith a five-year deal. I'd be even less shocked if Condon were keeping the Smith deal on the back burner to see who floats the most money for Manning. He works for a percentage, after all.

March 8, 2012  08:25 AM ET

What is Condon's usual fee for these deals?

March 8, 2012  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I wouldn't be shocked to discover the Niners are waiting to see what shakes out with Manning before offering Smith a five-year deal. I'd be even less shocked if Condon were keeping the Smith deal on the back burner to see who floats the most money for Manning. He works for a percentage, after all.

That makes total sense. In that regard it also makes sense to get Manning situated with a team as soon as possible.

March 8, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What is Condon's usual fee for these deals?

I believe it is a very, very big bag of money.

March 8, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Smith's had one good year after a series of not-so-great ones. He may be the perfect quarterback for the Harbaugh 49ers but he's pushing it if he thinks one good season rates a big five-year contract. Take the three-year deal, prove this past year was no fluke, then demand the big contract.

March 8, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Condon represents Smith. Condon represents P. Manning. Just noting facts here.

49ers would be wise to explore adding Manning to the mix.

March 8, 2012  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Condon represents Smith. Condon represents P. Manning. Just noting facts here.

Very interesting, thanks Otis

March 8, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Alex Smith needs to get a different agent. If there is any interest in Manning in San Francisco, either from Peyton himself or from the Niners, then there's no way Condon can negotiate in good faith for both Manning and Smith.

March 8, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Alex Smith needs to get a different agent. If there is any interest in Manning in San Francisco, either from Peyton himself or from the Niners, then there's no way Condon can negotiate in good faith for both Manning and Smith.

And I thought all agents. like lawyers and politicians, were people of impeccable integrity.

March 8, 2012  08:55 AM ET

3 threads today have "Manning" in the title, but the other 2 are also about him. And, y'know, the guy deserves it.

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, "Peyton isn't everything. He's the only thing."

March 8, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What is Condon's usual fee for these deals?

Percentage of the contract value. Anywhere from 3% to 10%, depending on how it's structured.

March 8, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I guess the Peyton threads will continue daily, until he signs somewhere. Then the "Can he still be the Peyton of Old" threads will start.

March 8, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

3 threads today have "Manning" in the title, but the other 2 are also about him. And, y'know, the guy deserves it.To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, "Peyton isn't everything. He's the only thing."

I'm trying to think when there was a bigger name free agent on the market. Nothing is coming to me yet

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March 8, 2012  09:04 AM ET

it's simple...last year's success was due to the D, not a strong offense....replacing a bad QB that had recently had a breakthrough to raise his game to mediocre, like Smith with a top QB, like Peyton would make a HUGE difference in SF....

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