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Niners show faith in QB Smith, RB Robinson with pair of contract moves

Updated: February 28, 2008, 6:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers showed belief in their present and future with a pair of moves Thursday.

Beleaguered quarterback Alex Smith got a vote of confidence from San Francisco, which exercised a multimillion-dollar buyback clause in the former No. 1 draft pick's contract that essentially extends his deal through 2010.

The 49ers also demonstrated that Michael Robinson, who had just 84 "touches" last season, remains a big part of the team's future. ESPN.com has leared that the ...

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