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Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:19 pm
Smith will get an extra $1 million for playing Saturday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday, Alex Smith will do what many felt was unthinkable this year: start a playoff game for the 49ers. And when San Francisco welcomes New Orleans to the west coast, and Smith takes his first snap, he'll also be $1 million richer.

That's because, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Smith playing in a playoff game triggers a bonus in his contract -- a one-year deal signed prior to this season -- that pays him an extra million.

In order to activate this bonus, Smith also had to play in more than 70 percent of the 49ers snaps, but he cruised past that easily in 2011.

Smith's 2011 season under new coach Jim Harbaugh has been a revelation: he completed 61.3 percent of his passes, threw for 3,144 yards (both career highs) and led the NFL with a league-low 1.1 percent interception rate. His 7.1 yards per attempt is a career high, as is his 90.7 quarterback rating.

His lack of mistakes and efficiency in the Niners new offense is what put them over the top as a contender this season; there's little question that the extra million bucks the 49ers will shell out for actually getting to the playoffs is worth it.

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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:22 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

Actually AK C-hawker they won 8 games out of division since they lost to Arizona.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:46 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

Dude, you realize the 49ers only play 6 out of 16 games in the NFC West. That means they won 7 games out of their division, and the three games they lost, (Dallas, Baltimore, Arizona) none were a blowout loss. The closest to a blowout was against the Ravens, and that was an emotional game for both teams & had the Ravens coming off a loss, the 49ers had to travel on a very short week from the West coast to Baltimore for a Thursday night game, and and the Ravens sacked Smith nine times. The Ravens were held to less than 260 total yards and only scored one touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and no rushing TD's.

I think you haven't seen enough of the 49ers to know just how dominant they are on defense and how efficent they are on offense. I'm not saying they're a scoring machine like the Saints are, but, they get the job done, the defense doesn't normally make mistakes and leaves the the offence in a good position. They're both coached well and have nearly equal specail teams.

It's going to be a good game.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:07 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

His comments just inspired me to double my wager on the 49ers.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:51 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

Stating one team has ZERO chance of winning against another team is ridiculous. Claiming to know the score differential, previous to kickoff, is ludicrous. Telling us to turn OFF a playoff game at halftime is moronic. Hey, you're a triple threat. GL and I'll be watching for your posts at halftime. 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:24 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

nah brees will winCool

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:24 pm

CBS cuts payroll of NFL writers

We have it on good authority that Confidential sources familiar with negotiations of parties close to each of the principles soothsayers have indicated that CBS will in fact not be issuing any bonuses to any of their writers covering the NFL. It is evident that this is a direct result of the new accountability process in place to force people to communicate facts relevant to the news.

At this time CBS declined further comment regarding who the people were that affected, however a twatter post from the former ex-girlfriend of the housekeeper of the chauffeur for Prisco and the former blind dog trainer for Brinson  each indicated that they both stopped partaking in the ceremonial annual NFL playoff Week 2 'dancing naked around the fire drenched in goat's blood' because of the non-action not taken by CBS.

CBS have gone to great lengths to talk about where they will be directing the excess of funds not distributed to the non-performing writers. There was no comment about when CBS will change it's policy to only report fact. 

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:56 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

I'm in the wrong business. I'd be happy with a $1000 bonus.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

The 49ers have ZERO chance of winning this game.  Sorry 49er fans but they just won't be able to keep up with Drew Brees and the Saints offense.  No one has and they are as hot as I've ever seen any team.  The 49er defense has seen nothing like the Saints offense and Alex Smith is no match or even half the QB as Brees.  Look for this to get ugly early especially if the Saints defense gets a couple of early stops or a couple of turnovers.  The 49ers will be in a hole they can't dig out of down 10 to 17 points in the 1st half.  The 49ers had a nice year but they beat up on the NFC West ... big deal.  Tampa or Kansas City could have probably squeaked in out there.  I'm looking for 500 to 600 yards total offense from the Saints in this one again and as much as the 49ers will be punting at least one TD on special teams.  Not even close.  Turn it off at half time and get ready for the 2nd game of the day.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:40 pm

Alex Smith to get $1M bonus for playing Saturday

Pay the Man...and then pay him again..It's taken awhile but he's definitely put alot of money in the ownerships pocket this year because partly of his play....GO NINERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

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