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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told the local media on Wednesday that they never “pursued” Peyton Manning during free agency.  He stated that they were only “evaluating” him.

In my opinion Harbaugh doesn’t sound like the most intelligent person when it was obvious that the 49ers would’ve signed Manning over Alex Smith in a heart beat.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed the obvious, the 49ers indeed tried to sign Manning.

“They did try to sign Peyton Manning,” said Schefter, per Evan Silva.  ”This is an attempt to boost up Alex Smith’s confidence.”

 

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