The Seahawks would probably be a good fit for Smith since he plays better when his self-esteem is fed to bolster his confidence. This was pretty evident with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh last season.
Harbaugh took Smith, who some thought would be released before last season, and built him back up with what seemed to be a close bond that almost mimiced a father and son relationship.
Harbaugh had a pregame ritual with Smith where he would slap his helmet and beat his shoulder pads to get him ready while Smith grinned like an eight-year old.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has the same “Rah-Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah” chipper attitude that would benefit Smith. Plus knowing that he would have to play against his old team twice a year would be the ultimate snub at Harbaugh.
Smith most likely feels wounded that the 49ers not only aren’t giving him the contract he wants, but have seem to cast him aside to pursue coveted free agent quarterback Peyton Manning.