Logic prevails as Smith, 49ers close

ESPN's Chris Mortensen has the latest on Alex Smith's contract situation, saying the free-agent quarterback is nearing an agreement to remain with the San Francisco 49ers.

This makes sense for reasons outlined here, here, here and here.

I'm very much looking forward to hearing from Smith. The 49ers generally make available newly signed players for conference calls with reporters. Sometimes, they hold news conferences.

Smith's mindset following the 49ers' Peyton Manning chase will be the next story.