The Miami Dolphins' hunt for a quarterback continued on Sunday with the arrival of Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
Smith, a free agent who started 66 games for the San Francisco 49ers, arrived in South Florida early Sunday morning, and will spend the day with the Dolphins because talks have stalled with the 49ers, which are one of three finalists to land Peyton Manning.
“This is the NFL. I guess nothing surprises me anymore,” said Smith, who led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game last season.
"I never thought a year ago (Peyton) Manning would be a free agent either," Smith told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm never surprised by anything."
The Dolphins made finding an upper echelon quarterback a priority this offseason, and intend to sign a free agent quarterback in the coming days.
The Dolphins hosted Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn on Saturday, and are in the process of negotiating terms with Aaron Rodger’s backup, who spent four years learning from Joe Philbin.
Smith, who was reportedly close to signing a three-year, $24 million contract with San Francisco, could find himself without a team if Manning, a future Hall of Famer, picks the 49ers over the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.
Smith, who completed 61.3 percent of his passes last season, throwing for 3,144 yards and 17 touchdowns (five interceptions), could potentially become a long-term solution for Miami.
Despite Smith’s struggles earlier in his career it seems this he turned the page in 2011, and began blossoming under Jim Harbaugh’s tutelage.
Smith, who will turn 28 in May, has thrown for 12,543 yards and 68 touchdowns during his seven NFL seasons.
He clearly has an experience edge over Flynn, who has started two NFL games. But Smith has never played in a coast based offense, which is what the Dolphins intend to use.
If Smith does sign with the Dolphins he’d be reunited with his former high school teammate, Reggie Bush. The two played together at Helix Charter High.
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