Should the Arizona Cardinals Trade For Alex Smith?

By Dan Parzych
(John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

With the NFL season finally over, talks will begin to heat up during the offseason about which players are most likely on the move–especially San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Despite being the starter at the beginning of the 2012 season, Smith lost his job in the second half of the season after he was replaced by Colin Kaepernick and while there are numerous teams that will most likely consider trading for the former No. 1 pick, no team needs to try and land Smith more than the Arizona Cardinals.

Expectations were high at the beginning of the 2012 season for the Cardinals following a 4-0 start, but those expectations disappeared fast as the team went on to lose 11 of the next 12 games to finish 5-11 on the season. One of the main reasons why Arizona struggled so much this past season was due to the quarterback position and even though the team invested big money into Kevin Kolb–the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has still yet to prove himself when it comes to being a starter in the NFL.

If the Cardinals received an opportunity to land Smith–it would be a no brainer.

The only reason why Smith was replaced in the first place by Kaepernick was because of a concussion and he did display some impressive performances during the first half of the regular season. Put him alongside one of the most talented wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald–Smith could be the answer for Arizona heading into the 2013 season.

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