The 49ers plan to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith and allow him to compete for the team's starting job, according to coach Jim Harbaugh. San Francisco drafted Nevada's Colin Kaepernick with the 36th overall pick on Friday. "The plan for Alex is unchanged," Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. "Everything we said from the very beginning: We want to get the best players on our roster that we possibly can and throw out the balls and let them compete. "Alex has the ability and the license to be the starting quarterback -- same thing I said about (outside linebacker) Aldon (Smith) yesterday. Same goes for Colin. Guys will run on their own gas. We believe in competition and earning your positions around here. With Alex, we are rowing and we're not going to miss a beat. Nothing has changed."
Harbaugh: 49ers Plan To Re-Sign Smith, Let Him Compete