Originally Posted by TonyR
2:42 pm Mike Sando, who covers the NFCW for ESPN: This does not necessarily make the 49ers a favorite for Manning. It could help explain why the 49ers have not quickly re-signed Alex Smith during the opening days of free agency, despite a longstanding pledge to bring him back for 2012 and beyond. The 49ers' involvement, rather than causing a delay with Smith, might also reflect the state of negotiations. It is possible Smith is asking for more money than the 49ers are offering, leading the team to explore options that could, in turn, bring Smith back to the table.
This would sound good if he wasn't happy. But hes already came out and said he was pleased with their offer.