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49ers re-sign QB Smith to long-term deal

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The San Francisco 49ers tried to get Peyton Manning.

After the team could not sign the future Hall of Famer, the team had to do damage control with free agent quarterback Alex Smith. Apparently, that damage control has worked since Smith will be returning to the team.

Smith has signed a multi-year deal with the 49ers. The terms of the deal is not immediately known at the moment.

Prior to pursuing Manning, the 49ers offered Smith a three-year, $24 million deal. But did not sign it, and over the weekend, he flirted with singing with the Miami Dolphins, before the Dolphins signed David Garrard.

Last season, he helped the 49ers to a 13-3 record and to the NFC West Championship. He started all 16 games and to two playoff games, including a win over the New Orleans Saints and a loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship.

He threw for 3,144 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season. He also ran the ball 52 times for a 179 yards.

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