The name brought up the most often when talking about the Kansas City Chiefs and their 2013 quarterback is Alex Smith, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. The former No. 1 overall pick saw new life breathed into his career when he led the 49ers last year. But this year Smith is no longer the starter -- that job belongs to Colin Kaepernick.
With the 49ers having their quarterback of the future in Colin Kaepernick, plenty of folks expect Alex Smith to be available this offseason. That is of course of interest to the Chiefs who could be in the market for a quarterback.
A report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk states that Smith is expected to seek his release before free agency hits in March. Keep in mind that things can change between now and March and this is just a report, not a direct quote from Smith.
The 49ers will have a couple of options if they don't plan on keeping Smith -- release him or trade him. The latter comes at a price -- Smith is due over $8 million next year. Whoever trades for him would also be trading for his contract. The Chiefs have the money, if they choose to use it that way, to acquire Smith. The other question in a trade is how much it would cost the Chiefs -- what draft pick? That we don't know yet.
Things would become clearer if the 49ers just cut him. Then he would be available to everyone.
Where do you stand on Alex Smith? Yay or nay?