One would think that a head coach like Bruce Arians wouldn’t want a quarterback made for the West Coast offense, but the latest batch of NFL rumors suggest just that. The league’s website reports the Arizona Cardinals are interested in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who will undoubtedly be moved before the 2013 NFL Draft. Arians likes his quarterback to take shots down the field and not check down to safety valves, but this rumor suggests the Cardinals are seriously interested in acquiring Smith nonetheless.
Now the fine print here is the Cardinals supposedly don’t want to trade for Smith, but are instead crossing their fingers that he’ll be released. Put simply, the vast majority of the football world expects Smith to be traded and not released, but it’s always a possibility. A Phoenix-area newspaper is very confident Smith will wind up in Arizona if released, but that’s another situation entirely.
Still, other rumors from the league suggest the Cardinals could be contemplating a trade offer for Smith as their interest in him is apparently growing by the day. Arians must have watched a lot of film on Smith and convinced himself that the former No. 1 overall pick is capable of running his offense. Either way, it appears that Smith could be switching to a different shade of red on his jersey and staying in the NFC West, whether it’s via trade or his release this offseason.