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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Mario Manningham heads to 49ers. Will Peyton Manning follow?


Mario Manningham was a Super Bowl hero with Eli Manning and the New York Giants. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)
Mario Manningham, the wide receiver with the big catch in Super Bowl XLVI, has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Niners were in need of further help at receiving, but the move raises the larger and more delicious question: Will Manningham go from catching passes from Eli Manning to catching them from Peyton Manning?

There’s still no word whether Peyton Manning will choose the 49ers — or the Tennessee Titans or Denver Broncos — as his free-agent landing spot, though. He has tried out for all three teams, has met with officials for all three and has been pronounced ready to play by his college coach. Now, he must make up his mind.

Manningham wasn’t waiting, though, and neither is Alex Smith, the 49ers’ starter last year and a free agent. Smith is traveling to Miami to speak to the Dolphins, a team Manning has crossed off his list of landing spots. Smith’s visit comes after the team entertained free agent Matt Flynn, the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback.

Smith, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, reportedly is considering a change of agents as well as a change of cities. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that he may move on from Tom Condon, who also represents Manning, and he seems philosophical about his future, wherever it unfolds. “This is the NFL. I guess nothing surprises me anymore,” Smith told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent, either. I’m never surprised by anything.”

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