To start, a very interesting piece which explains that all 11 starters on the defense will return for 2012 and maybe 2013.
Then of course is the fact that they signed Randy Moss (and he'll play at Foxborough)
Also, as discussed in the Manning thread: the 9ers have entered the Manning sweepstakes.
Interesting quote from that article:
On Sunday night, Smith told KPIX that he was happy with the team’s three-year contract offer on the table. Why hadn’t it been signed? Smith indicated his agent was working out the details.
Manning and Smith are represented by the same agent, Tom Condon.