Sunday, February 3, 2013
Win or lose, Smith likely to move
By AJ Mass
Today, Alex Smith may celebrate a Super Bowl victory. Of course, odds are he won't have much to do with a victory today, should that happen, as he's long since been replaced under center by Colin Kaepernick. Apparently, that move is expected to be officially made permanent as league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the San Francisco 49ers plan to deal Smith this offseason.
Possible landing spots for Smith include Cleveland, where he would be reunited with one of his many former offensive coordinators, Norv Turner, as well as in Kansas City with Andy Reid, who has previously expressed interest in the former first-rounder.
Why does it make more sense for the 49ers to try and wheel and deal instead of simply cutting ties with their spare part? It's all about money:
Adam Schefter Sources: Demand high for Alex Smith
"There's one other factor to consider in the 49ers' preference to trade Smith. If San Francisco deals him instead of cutting him it would save the $1 million or $2 million roster bonus it would have to pay if he is released."