Red roundup: Former Ute Alex Smith contract 'crafted by research'

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

Alex Smith (Associated Press) Alex Smith (Associated Press)

A San Francisco Chronicle blog says Alex Smith's new three-year $24 million deal with the 49ers was "crafted by research." He's No. 22 among starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

— Ted Milelr of ESPN.com notes that Pac-12 football salaries are still not the best.

— ESPN.com provides a spring football update on the Utes.

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