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The Cleveland Browns have officially had their names thrown in the hat as a potential future employer of current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
While NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Bills, Cardinals, Chiefs and “maybe” Eagles have shown interest in the veteran, ESPN Cleveland beat reporter Tony Grossi reports that “you’d have to say that Smith is the front-runner to be the quarterback Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi pursue.”
Smith, 28, is due to make $7.5 million in 2013, with $1 million guaranteed. If he is on the 49ers’ roster on April 1, the remaining $6.5 million is guaranteed. Smith also is due $7.5 million in 2014. the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, Smith was completing a league-high 70.2 percent of passes. He had 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions. His passer rating was 104.1 – 25 points higher than his career mark. Smith, who was 6-2 with the 49ers before being usurped by Colin Kaepernick folllowing a concussion, reportedly told the team that he wishes to be released so that he can continue his career playing as opposed to watching. Rapoport believes that the 49ers will instead attempt to trade the quarterback, garnering a potential mid-round pick.
Grossi adds that if the Browns do in fact acquire Smith, it will mean the end of Brandon Weeden, joining the likes of Tim Couch, Charlie Frye, Brady Quinn and Colt McCoy on the list of quarterbacks who either fell victim to changing regimes or failed development.
[Related: Art Modell’s Hall of Fame Bid Shouldn’t Pit Baltimore vs. Cleveland]
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The San Francisco 49ers' former starting quarterback Alex Smith is expected to seek his release before free agency, according to Pro Football Talk.
Smith, who lost the starting job to Colin Kaepernick in Week 10, would prefer to be released so he can garner the full benefits of free agency, the report says.
The 49ers aren't likely to release Smith because of his value in...
Unless Alex Smith has to relieve Colin Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday, the former No. 1 overall pick has likely played his last game with the 49ers.
Now, San Francisco has to pick between trading Smith and his $8.5 million contract, or releasing him. The quarterback would prefer the latter.
Smith will ask for his release before the start of free agency, March 12, according...
Nobody will be surprised if Alex Smith won’t be back with the 49ers next season. The franchise now undoubtedly belongs to Colin Kaepernick, who has taken Smith’s starting job and presumably also his parking spot.
Whether Smith’s exit (if it does indeed happen) in the offseason comes via a trade or the team releasing him is still TBD. But according to Pro Football Talk, Smith...
Rather than waiting to be traded in the offseason, wrongly shelved quarterback Alex Smith will reportedly request the San Francisco 49ers to release him before the start of free agency. After getting concussed in November, 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh sandbagged the 28-year-old Smith and inserted Colin Kaepernick as the team’s permanent replacement under center. The...
Word is out that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is asking for his release from the team. The news comes from Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com. The news comes as no surprise, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the 49ers grant his request.I wrote last week about how the Chiefs should go after Smith. But if Smith opts for free agency, that could open up things a bit. You'll...
After being usurped as the 49ers starting quarterback by Colin Kaepernick this season, rumors have swirled that Alex Smith wants out of San Francisco. It appears the Niners will grant him that wish.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter on Tuesday that the 49ers will attempt to trade Smith after their season ends this Sunday, and if that proves unsuccessful he will be respectfully...
I understand it is a business, but the 49ers should do what is best for Alex Smith. This wasn’t a Drew Bledsoe situation where the team was 0-2, Bledsoe gets hurt for a long period of time and Brady came in and saved the day. Alex Smith was playing well, the 49ers were winning and he only missed one week.
He has been a model teammate throughout the entire situation, so if he wants...
As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens, 49ers QB Alex Smith is preparing for the next chapter in his NFL career. Since Colin Kaepernick took over as the starting quarterback, Smith became the backup quarterback.
Smith is not content to be a backup and feels with last years success he should be a starter. Will the 49ers trade him or release...
There’s not one topic I feel like talking about today as we endure a week of Super Bowl and Hall of Fame propoganda. The Browns introduced their defensive coordinator Ray Horton yesterday, but even that was putting a cap on old news. With that in mind, I thought I would just combine a bunch of things into one post today…
Alex Smith to the Browns?
So Brandon Weeden thought he...
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With rumors circulating that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will request his release after the season, FOXSports.com reported Tuesday that the Niners instead will seek to trade their former starter in hopes of recouping...
Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl. Now relegated to a backup role with the NFC champions, Smith's trip to the Big Easy this week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl against Baltimore is hardly...
Alex Smith has been a good teammate despite being demoted this season, so the 49ers reportedly will try to treat him well in return.
Smith had a good season for San Francisco before being replaced as the team’s starting quarterback after being concussed during a Week 10 tie against St. Louis. Colin Kaepernick replaced him, led the team to the Super Bowl, and has clearly emerged...
Here’s another installment of speculative trade ideas for Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined SPN Radio Tuesday morning and tossed out a speculative trade idea that would involve the Jets sending Revis to the San Francisco 49ers in return for QB Alex Smith and a second round pick, per Jane McManus.
There’s no question that the Jets could use quarterback and...