Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/22/12
Alex Smith has come full circle. There may be those Joe Montana followers in San Francisco who remain non-believers, but to his coaches and 49ers teammates, he is a winner -- the quarterback they want for the future. And guess what? Management is going to have to pay for that right after signing him for the bargain-basement price of $4 million this season with a $1 million playoff bonus. I don't suspect there will be a problem getting a new long-term deal done with Smith, who is an unrestricted free agent. He likes it here, and he loves working and playing for coach Jim Harbaugh. Life is extremely good again after one failing season after another, including one in which former head coach Mike Nolan questioned his toughness. Smith is a victory over the New York Giants away from Super Bowl XLVI. Years ago, Super Bowls were showcase events for Montana -- a winner of four of them -- and this San Francisco franchise, one built in the 1980s by the late Bill Walsh. Steve Young, another...
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