Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 11/16/14
San-francisco-49ers-san
While much will be written about the 49ers young quarterback Colin Kaepernick, backup quarterback Alex Smith is the lone man out in San Francisco. And just think, it was only last year that Smith had them within a few minutes of going to the Super Bowl himself. Alas, it is time for Smith to explore other options.While Smith has had a less than stellar run in San Francisco, last year  - and this year - proved that he can indeed be relied on as top-tier starter. Since the 2009 season, Smith has increased his touchdown to interception ratio, and was on track for a career year this season before an injury allowed Kaepernick to take over as starter.While the writing may be on the while as far as how much Kaepernick seems to be entrenched as the starter, Smith's 2013 salary of $8.5 million for a backup will be a hard pill to swallow for the 49ers brass with Kaepernick eligible for an extension this off-season. And Smith still has two years left on his contract. So what do the 49ers do?The Chiefs, thanks to their own futility, own the first pick in the draft. Surely they aren't going to trade a #1 pick for a 28 year old quarterback And I'm not crazy enough to think the Niners trade him for a first round pick in the first place. They'd love to, no doubt, I just don't think anyone would take the bait. OK, the Raiders would because they're the Raiders. Considering the Chiefs allowed 40 sacks (22nd) and were 29th in sacks from the defense last year, I see them going after some offensive or defensive line help.I've seen a few mock drafts (here and here) that believe West Virginia's Geno Smith will go to the Chiefs, mainly because of new coach Andy Reid looking for a new quarterback. Well, I would be too if I were Reid, but I believe his quarterback of the future, at least short term, is in San Francisco. Smith is a mobile quarterback, and would be adept at running Reid's west coast offensive scheme.There's also someone else that agrees with me. Coupled with the fact that Jamaal Charles just rushed for 1500 yards and still has a few good years in him, it makes no sense to bring in a rookie quarterback and let Charles waste away while a rookie learns the system.With the Niners on the hook for a nice sum of money, I wouldn't be surprised to see them let him walk for maybe a combination of 2nd or 3rd round picks, or maybe a first rounder for next year or 2015.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

Clippers defeat Spurs, even series at 2-2

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

JR Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension

Dana White: No more WWE for Ronda Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk for 'bush league' play

Report: Eli Manning not concerned about contract

Several teams interested in Bucs' No. 1 overall pick?

Report: Marcus Smart overslept, could get less playing time

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

Joe Flacco content with current Ravens receivers

WATCH: Demetrious Johnson wins with last-second submission

WATCH: Jerryd Bayless beats Bulls with buzzer-beater

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

WATCH: Bucks mascot devours fan

Protestors tried to have Orioles-Red Sox game called off

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk

JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder

Report: Wainwright likely done for year

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Sanchez shares thoughts on Tebow

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.