Question: Thanks for the great insight on the 49ers, Matt. It has come to my attention that when Alex Smith was signed he was only inked to a three-year deal. Is this true? If so, are the Niners committed to locking him up long term provided his contract may be up next season? With all of the improvement we've seen in Alex, I'd hate to see him go elsewhere when the Niners appear to be turning the corner going from what may have been the worst team in the NFL to what may be a playoff contender very soon. Thanks.
- Rick Redding, Sacramento
Answer: Don't worry, Rick. Alex Smith is locked up through the 2010 season when he will be the ripe old age of 26. If he continues to progress (and I think he will), look for the 49ers to start talking about a contract extension in 2008.
- Matthew Barrows