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March 18, 2012
Seahawks sign QB Flynn; Smith running out of options


Cancel Alex Smith's trip to the great Northwest. The Seahawks on Sunday announced they had agreed to a deal with another free-agent quarterback, Matt Flynn. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the contract is three years for $26 million, including $10 million guaranteed.

Smith, meanwhile, was in Miami today and had planned to travel to Seattle later in the week to meet with the Seahawks.

Flynn was a seventh-round draft pick by the Packers in 2008, and he has started just two games behind Aaron Rodgers since. Two seasons ago, he completed 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a loss in New England. In the 2011 finale, he was 31 for 44 for 480 yards and threw six touchdowns in a 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions.

The signing reduces the number of landing spots for Smith to Miami, and if Peyton Manning decides on Tennessee or Denver, San Francisco. Cleveland also is need of a quarterback, but to this point at least, there has have been no reports of Smith visiting the Browns.

What options do the 49ers have if they don't land Manning and Smith goes elsewhere? The team traded up in the second round to draft Colin Kaepernick last year, and while the plan until now was not to start him in 2012, that is likely the top option.

There also are free agents available, such as former Jim Harbaugh protégé Josh Johnson and ex Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. And Manning's choice could free up another quarterback. If he landed in Tennessee, Hasselbeck, whom the 49ers tried to woo last year, would be a logical choice to start in 2012.

-- 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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