Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/4/12

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers flips a pass to fullback Moran Norris #44 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Monster Park October 28, 2007 in San Francisco, California. New Orleans won 31-10. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
Matt Maiocco of the CSN Bay Area makes the case for the 49ers to trade QB Alex Smith during the offseason. Smith would lock in a $7.5 million next season if he’s still on their roster as of April 1st, which happens to be a pretty high salary for a backup quarterback. Maiocco adds that San Francisco would still have to pay him $1 million if they were to release Smith before the April deadline. The 49ers have been really high on Colin Kaepernick and structured Alex Smith’s current deal to give them some options if they felt that Kaepernick was ready to take over. There’s no question that San Francisco will find some interest in Smith in the trade market, considering that next year’s draft class appears to be limited in terms of draft prospects.    
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