49ers told to zip it when it comes to Alex Smith

The San Francisco 49ers have expressed all the love in the world for free agent quarterback Alex Smith this offseason.

Now, they’re going to have to keep their feelings to themselves.

Apparently the NFL has told the 49ers to zip it when it comes to singing the praises of Smith, who is expected to be re-signed and who has been helping coordinator player-run practices.

Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the NFL reached out to the club. Coach Jim Harbaugh has already issued Smith a playbook.

I’m not answering any questions about Alex Smith,” Harbaugh told Branch. “The league has mandated we do not talk about him … The NFL has mandated that we don’t talk about players who are not under contract — who are free agents who haven’t signed. We’ve been sent a memo saying we can’t talk about it.”

So, we’ll have to wait for the lockout to end and Smith to sign with the team for Harbaugh to comment on the quarterback again.

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