05:58 PM ET 02.05 | There has been a lot of talk about what the San Francisco 49ers will do with Alex Smith. The quarterback was demoted behind Colin Kaepernick after the midway points of the 2012 season. Discussion has revolved around whether the Niners will try to trade him or simply release him from his contract altogether, but few have suggested that the team actually retain him. Head coach Jim Harbaugh, however, indicated he is very open to the idea. "I have great respect for Alex," Harbaugh said. "Great personal friendship, togetherness with Alex. The team, we feel great about our quarterback situation. You can't enough good quarterbacks."