SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 (UPI) -- Free agent quarterback Alex Smith will return to the San Francisco 49ers next season under a new contract, multiple reports indicated Tuesday.
Smith, who took the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game after starting each of the team's games in 2011, has struck a deal to stay in San Francisco, reports by the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-News and the NFL Network indicated.
The signal-caller tossed for 3,144 yards and 17 touchdowns on 445 attempts while guiding San Francisco to a 13-3 record. The agile Smith rushed 52 times for 179 yards and two TDs.
The Dolphins eventually inked David Garrard as their new quarterback.
Smith turned down a three-year, $24 million offer from San Francisco before the NFL free-agency period began.