Should the Cleveland Browns Trade For Alex Smith?

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Despite using a first-round pick on Brandon Weeden last season, there are plenty of questions surrounding the Cleveland Browns when it comes to their situation at quarterback for the 2013 season. Weeden showed potential at times as a rookie, but nothing stood out that seemed to make the Browns confident about building the franchise around him over the next couple of years.

One quarterback that does make sense for Cleveland–Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.

With the way things turned out last season, it’s clear Smith’s time has come to an end at quarterback in San Francisco and considering he wants an opportunity to start–his only option is to end up on a different team since the starting job now belongs to Colin Kaepernick. Despite being replaced by Kaepernick, Smith was having an impressive 2012 season before suffering a concussion in Week 10 as he was completing 70.2 percent of his passes to go along with 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 10 games.

When taking a closer look at the market for teams with openings at starting quarterback–Smith’s best option may be to compete with Weeden for the job in Cleveland.

It may not be the same experience as San Francisco considering Cleveland still seems to be another year or two away from being serious competitors in the AFC North, but at least Smith would have an opportunity at a starting job. Otherwise, Smith is just going to become frustrated with watching from the sidelines as Kaepernick calls the shots with the 49ers.

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