The highly anticipated Super Bowl XLVII matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens is just a few days away, but one of the most popular topics this week has surrounded former starer and current backup quarterback Alex Smith–who is expected to be on the move during the offseason. With the way Colin Kaepernick has helped lead the team to the Super Bowl in the second half of the season, the 49ers realize there’s no way they can go back to Smith as the starter.
If San Francisco is able to pull off a trade, they will be looking for a fourth or fifth round pick in exchange–which seems like a fair trade considering Smith is a former starter and No. 1 pick. There are plenty of teams in need of help at the quarterback position and despite the struggles early on in his career, Smith has shown improvement over the last two seasons under Jim Harbaugh.
It’s a shame on Smith’s end to see things go down this way, but it’s unfortunately part of the business in the NFL world and there’s a good chance one team will express interesting considering San Francisco’s fair asking price in return. When it comes to a team in need of a starting quarterback, giving up a fourth or fifth round pick is nothing–which means numerous teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars or Kansas City Chiefs should be jumping all over this opportunity to snag an experienced quarterback like Smith before it’s too late and another team does.