QB Alex Smith to Return to the Niners at a Reduced Price

The 49’ers are bringing back former first overall pick QB Alex Smith, but at a much more reduced rate than what he’s made over his early part of his career. Smith was set to make nearly $10 mil in 2009, but reports say that he now has a two-year deal that will more commensurate with his four lackluster seasons with the Niners.

“I don’t measure myself in my contract in terms of what I’m making,” said Smith, who missed all of 08 with an injury. “Having gone through what I’ve gone through the last couple of years, and being on the sideline, I guess I’ve got a different perspective on this game. When it came time to restructure the contract, it wasn’t anything to do with ego. I just wanted the chance to compete.”

Smith has passed for 4,679 yards in 32 career games with the 49ers, throwing 19 touchdown passes and 31 interceptions. “I just think I’ve grown up a lot. I have a better outlook on it mentally, a better strength,” Smith said. “My life outside of football is in a better place.”

The QB could compete with Shaun Hill and newly signed QB Damon Huard for the starting QB spot in 2009, and says he is ready for the competition with Hill, who was a groomsman in Smith’s February 21st wedding. “Shaun has played well, and we’re really good friends,” Smith said. “He’s done a really good job in there, that’s obvious. I’m glad it’s against Shaun. He’s a great guy. I can’t think of a better guy to compete against. With me and him, it’ll all be on the table.”

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