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 the trade market despite the fact that he is due $8.5 million next season.
Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and until last season, never lived up to his lofty expectations.