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March 17, 2012
Report: Smith considering dropping agent Condon


There was a nice scoop today by The Chron's Kevin Lynch, who writes that Alex Smith is considering changing agents. Smith is represented by Tom Condon, who also is Peyton Manning's agent. Condon works for CAA, which represents half of the presumed starting quarterbacks in the league right now. Smith wants to return to the 49ers while the 49ers are pursuing Manning, which should be a conflict of interest for Condon, something I wrote about earlier today.

Lynch also put a figure on the three-year deal the 49ers have reached. It's for $24 million, which is far below what Kevin Kolb received from Arizona last year (five-year $63 million) and far below the three-year, $40.5 million Mark Sanchez just received from the Jets. It's also vastly lower than what Manning will receive, which is believed to be in the neighborhood of five years and $90 million.

And yet last week, Smith said he was happy with the 49ers' offer and just working out the details.

As expected a contingent of Tennessee Titans officials worked out Manning today. That means all three teams in the running - the Broncos, 49ers and Titans - have seen Manning throw and they've all given him physicals. Manning is expected to decide on a team by Monday or Tuesday.

-- Matt 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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