It’s been reported that quarterback Alex Smith won’t be a part of the San Francisco 49ers for the 2013 season. Smith was sidelined when he suffered a concussion in Week 10, and after getting healthy was unceremoniously benched for second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The 2005 first overall draft pick has two more years on his contract with the 49ers, which means that San Francisco will either trade Smith or cut him at season’s end.
Now, many are wondering what teams will possibly be interested in Smith. All last season, and prior to his injury this season, Smith has proved that he is capable of being a number one quarterback. During that span, Smith’s record was 20-6-1, which includes the postseason.
Out of all the aforementioned teams, the Cardinals look the most attractive. Arizona now has a new head coach in Bruce Arians that has a history of working with very talented quarterbacks. In addition, the Cardinals have arguably the league’s best wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald.
What will make this landing spot even more interesting for Smith is the fact that it’s in the same division as the 49ers. I know Smith is saying all of the right things in the media in regards to his feelings on being benched and not starting in Super Bowl XLVII, but I think deep down, he wouldn’t mind getting a chance next season to stick it to the team that benched him after playing the best football in his eight-year career.
Now I don’t think Smith’s main objective will be to seek revenge as Brett Favre did on his soon-to-be former team, but I feel that it will help his motivation just a bit. Smith should definitely go the Cardinals if the Niners can’t get a trade set up only because it’s the best situation. Though a small part of him probably will want to stay in the NFC West.
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