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49ers QB Alex Smith in Miami amid Peyton Manning drama

Peyton Manning has a home in Miami but doesn't want to play for the Dolphins.

Alex Smith led San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game last season but might not return to the 49ers.

So how about Manning calling the shots next season in Candlestick Park while Smith takes his talents to South Beach?

Smith reportedly has a three-year, $24 million offer from the 49ers. But coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman met with Manning last week to watch him go through a workout at Duke, where he has been rehabilitating following a series of neck surgeries that sidelined the four-time NFL MVP all last season.

So with San Francisco emerging as a dark horse -- and likely serious -- contender to sign Manning, Smith is exploring at least one other option. The 2005 No. overall draft pick flew to Miami on Sunday and spent 5 1/2 hours at Dolphins facilities. Team officials declined to comment about the meeting.

For Smith, his visit to South Florida also could be a move to protect himself with a possible backup plan. He and Manning are both represented by agent Tom Condon of CAA Sports.

The Dolphins haven't won a playoff game since 2000 and are searching for their 17th starting quarterback since Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season.

The 49ers, meanwhile, went 13-3 last season, reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and saw Smith blossom under the tutelage of Harbaugh in the coach's first season. This off-season they have added former All-Pro receiver Randy Moss, and late Saturday night they lured Mario Manningham away from the Giants. So whomever is quarterback in San Francisco next season is going to have some new targets, not to mention a solid running game and a punishing defense.

Whether that's Smith, Manning or someone else remains to be seen. If the 49ers don't sign Manning, they will have some serious relationship rebuilding to do with Smith, and Manning is reportedly also considering the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.

Flynn to Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback.

The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing in one of the most wanted -- yet unproven -- free agents. He met with the Dolphins last week before choosing to head to the Pacific Northwest. ESPN.com reported the deal is worth $24 million.

Flynn has been a career backup in Green Bay, stuck behind All-Pro Aaron Rodgers -- much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.

When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay's season finale.

Grossman returns

The Washington Redskins have retained Rex Grossman on a one-year deal, likely to help groom Robert Griffin III of Baylor.

Grossman said in a radio interview Saturday that he's fully aware the Redskins are going to draft a quarterback -- probably Heisman Trophy winner Griffin -- with the No. 2 overall pick next month. But Grossman said he wants to stay with the team.

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