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49ers would welcome back Alex Smith

Updated: April 21, 2011, 9:04 AM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers would welcome back quarterback Alex Smith if the 2005 first overall pick wants to return.

General manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday that the 49ers have extended an "olive branch" to Smith to come back to the only NFL team he has ever known. All that started before the NFL locked out the players in the ongoing labor dispute.

Smith can't sign with San Francisco -- or any other team -- until the labor situation is settled and free agency ...

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