San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is expected to be
playing elsewhere at the start of the 2013 season given the emergence of Colin
Kaepernick. Before cutting ties with Smith, the 49ers will attempt to trade him,
according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the 49ers will try to
trade Smith. Per Schefter, the Niners believe there will be suitors,
given that plenty of teams need quarterbacks.
Of the potential suitors, Schefter specifically named the
Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns as possible trade options for the
49ers. New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is said to have an interest in Smith,
and the Browns may not be sold on quarterback Brandon Weeden.
The issue with trading Smith will be that the acquiring team
will not only have to hand over compensation – likely in the form of draft
picks – but they’ll also have to take on Smith’s $8.5 million salary for 2013.
If the 27-year-old is cut by the 49ers, he’d be free to sign a new contract
with whichever team he chooses.
San Francisco has hinted at doing what’s best for Smith, but
you can bet that they hope to recoup at least some of their investment in the
former first-overall pick.
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