49ers sign QB Alex Smith to new one-year deal
Friday, July 29, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have their new quarterback: old familiar face Alex Smith.
Smith signed his one-year free agent contract Friday as expected, giving new coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh an experienced starter for 2011 in the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick.
Within minutes of completing his deal, Smith was on the sidelines for the team's first training camp practice -- even though he can't formally take part in physical activity until Aug. 4 under the new labor requirements. Smith, not in uniform, shagged balls for Harbaugh during a quarterback drill.
Defensive tackle Ray McDonald signed a five-year contract and guard-center Tony Wragge received a one-year contract.