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Report: Dolphins negotiating with QB Alex Smith

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
With Matt Flynn now in Seattle, has Miami turned its sights to Alex Smith? (US PRESSWIRE)

Now that the Seahawks have signed quarterback Matt Flynn, the Dolphins are left with few options. There's Alex Smith, whom the team met with Sunday; incumbent Matt Moore, who played well as Chad Henne's replacement last season; and that's about it.

Miami is set to visit with former Jaguars starter David Garrard later this week but he's coming off back surgery and hasn't played in the NFL since 2010. Another option: draft a quarterback in April -- except that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be gone after the first two picks, and if Miami, who selects eighth overall, wants Ryan Tannehill they may have to trade up.

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All that explains this: the Dolphins are now in negotiations with Smith, an NFL source tells the Denver Post's Mike Klis.

The 49ers selected Smith with the first-overall pick of the 2005 draft and the first six years of his career was a roller coaster of inconsistency and disappointment, though, frankly, he wasn't solely to blame. San Francisco changed offensive coordinators -- and offensive schemes -- constantly, and not until Jim Harbaugh was hired last year did Smith finally show some promise.

In 2011, Smith helped lead the team to a 13-3 record and the NFC Championship game and was named to the Pro Bowl. In January, Harbaugh repeated what he'd said six months earlier during the lockout: that he wanted Smith to be his quarterback. The 49ers reportedly offered him a three-year, $24 million deal but Smith balked because it made it too easy for the team to bench him in favor of 2011 second-rounder Colin Kaepernick.

Also not helping Smith's leverage: Peyton Manning hitting free agency. And while San Francisco chased Peyton, Smith decided to test the open market. His first stop was Miami, and he was scheduled to meet with the Seahawks although that trip has been cancelled for obvious reasons.

Klis thinks that Smith can expect a multi-year deal that pays him in the neighborhood of $8 million a year which goes against everything CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco wrote earlier Sunday.

"The Dolphins should forget it for now and play Moore. Or decide if Ryan Tannehill is the answer and draft him if they can. If not, maybe it's USC's Matt Barkley next year, or maybe another passer will emerge. At this time last year, who thought Robert Griffin III would be the second overall pick? Or two years ago, Cam Newton the top pick?"

It's a fair point. And if recent history is any indication, will go largely ignored by the Dolphins.

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