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Trade values for Alex Smith and Nick Foles on the rise

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02:23 PM ET 02.18 | The 2012 NFL Draft class provided an unparalleled amount of rookie quarterback success. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were all anointed starting quarterbacks out of training camp. Luck, RG3 and Wilson went on and led the Colts, Redskins and Seahawks to the playoffs, while Tannehill played well in Miami. Four of those five quarterbacks, with Wilson being the exception, were drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated's Peter King doesn't see a first-round quarterback in this year's draft class, and as a result, believes the trade values for backup quarterbacks Alex Smith and Nick Foles have gone up.

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

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February 18, 2013  02:35 PM ET

Sure, Smith from a two to a one and Foles from a six to a five.

February 18, 2013  02:36 PM ET

Nick files is a surprise! Philly should hold onto him for at least one more year and see if the Kelly Experiment will work.

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February 18, 2013  02:49 PM ET

What is all this Foles nonsense in the media? The guy has thrown all of 6 tds and 5 ints in his career. Smells like Flynn Lite to me.

February 18, 2013  03:20 PM ET

The 2013 Swimsuit Girls are worth a rise, as far as Alex Smith, unless they trade him to a team he wants to go to, don't re up with anybody! Foles hasn't done anything!

February 18, 2013  03:36 PM ET

much ado over nothing...

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February 18, 2013  03:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

much ado over nothing...

Whaaa? if Peter King thinks it, it must be so. Hense the name 'King'.

February 18, 2013  04:00 PM ET

This could be a swap? Eagles would have to add a little something to give to S.F. But Smith may work out well for Chip Kelly. I don't see Vick being an Eagle at the start of next season. His restructured deal was just to make it easier to move him. No team would have taken him with those years. He now becomes a very good one year pick up.

February 18, 2013  04:24 PM ET
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What is all this Foles nonsense in the media? The guy has thrown all of 6 tds and 5 ints in his career. Smells like Flynn Lite to me.

You'd had to have watched the game film to understand.

Foles may have struggled in his first two games, but he played significantly better over his last five games, closing out the season with 5 TD : 2 INT through the final four weeks of the season.

The kid played with poise. He showed toughness, as he was consistently willing to stand in the pocket and deliver passes when he knew he was going to get hit.

That's the funny thing. Everyone brings up how bad the Eagles offensive line was last year when referring to Vick, but no one gives the rookie the same credit. Foles looked completely unfazed by the constant pressure. And his teammates rallied behind him because of it.

Foles led a 13 play, 64-yard game-winning drive on the road vs Tampa Bay in Week 14. He capped off the drive with a touchdown on the final play of the game. And he nearly did the same thing in Week 16 at home vs the Washington Redskins, when he led the team 80 yards - from their own 15-yard line to the WAS 5 - only to run out of game time.

He's tough, he's accurate, and he's clutch. And those attributes aren't easy to find in an NFL quarterback, let alone a 24-year old one year removed from college.

If Chip Kelly let's this kid go in favor of Vick it very well may be the worst thing he does to the future of the franchise before he inevitably high tails it back to college football.

February 18, 2013  04:47 PM ET

Good luck Smith, you deserve a chance to start somewhere else. But I'm looking forward to Kapernick's 2nd year as the starter.

February 18, 2013  05:01 PM ET

It's hard to even call Alex Smith a backup. He may not of given the 49ers the spark they needed, but '10, '11, '12 his accuracy improved a lot as the quality of receivers around him improved. He's never thrown a lot of picks.

Somewhere like KC, or especially Arizona where the focus is probably gonna be on precise routes and YAC, he'll go far. Fitz doesn't need much, but he can't do it alone.

I can't think of any other player that'd be better for the Cards if they're not looking to turn their 1 into depth. It's not the same staff, but they got a lot of miles out of their last retread QB.

February 18, 2013  05:07 PM ET
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It's hard to even call Alex Smith a backup. He may not of given the 49ers the spark they needed, but '10, '11, '12 his accuracy improved a lot as the quality of receivers around him improved. He's never thrown a lot of picks. Somewhere like KC, or especially Arizona where the focus is probably gonna be on precise routes and YAC, he'll go far. Fitz doesn't need much, but he can't do it alone.I can't think of any other player that'd be better for the Cards if they're not looking to turn their 1 into depth. It's not the same staff, but they got a lot of miles out of their last retread QB.

Just 2 Rookie mistakes from going to the SB and Smith was no where near the mishaps. Zona would be a good fit and it will be fun watching the SF-Zona games next season.

February 18, 2013  05:28 PM ET

Jets should pickup Alex immediately!!

February 18, 2013  06:17 PM ET

Alex Smith is going to make some football team a whole lot better.

But, the deal of getting out and away from SF isn't going to be easy. The 49ers realize he has value, so they don't want to release him. So, in order to keep him, they will have to pay him that 7.5 million he's due on April 1. They don't want to do that, and want him to restructure his contract, and he isn't going to do that, because he would rather be release and have his agent find him a team.

Going to be a fun watch......and this time next year, a lot of teams are going to be upset they didn't go get him when they had a chance. And the 49ers are going to be in a pickle when Kaepernick gets hurt next year. That's the problem with running QBs, they all get hurt sooner or later, and in 2013, teams are going to be gunning for Kap.

February 18, 2013  06:33 PM ET
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What is all this Foles nonsense in the media? The guy has thrown all of 6 tds and 5 ints in his career. Smells like Flynn Lite to me.

Matt Flynn had great stats.

 
February 18, 2013  06:34 PM ET
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Good luck Smith, you deserve a chance to start somewhere else. But I'm looking forward to Kapernick's 2nd year as the starter.

I hope he doesn't run so much in 2013.

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