Monday, February 4, 2013
Alex Smith's possible suitors
By Tim Kavanagh
Ever since Alex Smith was benched for Colin Kaepernick during the 2012 season, and it became apparent that the latter was going to retain his grip on the San Francisco 49ers' starting QB job, the speculation has been rampant as to where Smith would wind up in 2013. Will the Niners hang on to him as an insurance plan? Given that Kaepernick will make only $740,844 in 2013, Smith's salary is more palatable. Or will San Francisco try and market Smith to the highest bidder, given that there are so many QB-needy teams around the league?
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union assessed four possible suitors for Smith, including the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles. All four could use help at the QB position, while the Browns would offer Smith the chance to work with Norv Turner again.
The two other options we've heard mentioned most frequently are the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. While some believe that Smith may not be the best fit for Andy Reid's offensive system, there's no rule that states Reid isn't allowed to tailor his offense to suit his QB's strengths. As for the Jets, the main hurdle is the salary cap, and whether the club would want to use around $21 million of cap space on Smith and Mark Sanchez alone.