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September 28, 2006

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



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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