San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith Will Stay


Published: March 11, 2009


... showed yesterday his loyalty to the team by agreeing to take a $2 million pay cut for the final two years on his contract.

The 24-year-old reportedly had several teams interested in him that would have paid him more money than the new Niners contacted will.

"I don't measure myself in my contract in terms of what I'm making," said Smith, who missed most of the past two seasons because of shoulder injuries. "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."

With only 30 starts in the four season's he's been in the league, Smith has a 54 percent completion ratio and has thrown 19 touchdowns, compared to 31 interceptions—so far not that good.

Last Season, J.T. O'Sullivan got the start when Smith was out with his shoulder. O'Sul...

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