I was out grabbing lunch when I checked my email and had multiple emails inquiring about the news that Peyton Manning had worked out for the 49ers earlier in the week and our beloved franchise was suddenly some kind of finalist for his services. This whole process has turned into a little bit of a theater of the absurd as Manning bounces around and now has people coming out to Duke to watch him throw. I don't blame him for taking his time to figure out the exact right situation, but it doesn't make this any less bizarre.
This offseason has shown more than ever how the 49ers front office is truly all business. They re-signed Carlos Rogers and Tavares Gooden, but otherwise they have taken very precise steps to attempt to improve the team while disregarding the emotion of what was a crazy 2011. Guys like Blake Costanzo, Adam Snyder, Ted Ginn Jr. and Josh Morgan all made sizable contributions in 2011 and the front office was quick to let them walk (Ginn close to walking). They made an offer to Morgan, but otherwise they did not try too hard to re-sign the other three.
There have been questions about Alex Smith and loyalty, but this is showing business is business. I still actually think when week one of the 2012 season rolls around that Alex Smith will be the starting quarterback and Peyton Manning will be in Tennessee. I could very well be wrong, but that's how I see it happening for now. But, the 49ers are handling their business as they see fit in efforts to continually build this team up for now and the future.
Matt Barrows wrote about how Alex Smith would be weakened by all this business. Given what he has been through over his seven year NFL career, I would think he is sufficiently hardened to the realities of the NFL. He would seem to know the business side of things and what the 49ers are doing. And if he elects to walk somewhere else, more power to him. At the end of the day, this is all a business and players have to look out for number one. Jim Harbaugh may be buddy-buddy with him, but at the end of the day, the most important thing to Harbaugh and Baalke is winning. If we did not recognize this already, it is crystal clear at this point.