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49ers will explore all options with QB Alex Smith

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03:00 PM ET 02.21 | Anything is possible when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Alex Smith. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said all options are possible with Smith and indicated that a trade was not a definite. Baalke met with Smith after the Super Bowl and discussed their situation. While most expect the 49ers to try to trade Smith, who became their backup quarterback with the rise of Colin Kaepernick, or release him, those are not the only options. Smith is due $8.5 million in 2013, a hefty salary for a backup, but it is possible that San Francisco could have the cap space to retain Smith as an insurance policy. There is no guarantee that the Niners will trade Smith, but it seems certain they will at least shop him around and see what they could get in return for their former starter. In 2012, Smith completed 70.2 percent of his passes and threw 13 touchdowns to only five interceptions, posting a 104.1 rating for the season. With a relatively unheralded rookie quarterback class and few options in free agency, the 49ers should be able to find a few takers for Smith this offseason.

Dan Kadar

, USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports
February 21, 2013  03:39 PM ET

$4 million is the max you should pay for an experienced backup (former starter).

February 21, 2013  04:23 PM ET

People will want to trade for his services, the question is will he sign an extension or new deal with the new Team? He would probably want what he believes he will be worth as a free Agent, keep in mind he has the same Agent as Peyton!

February 21, 2013  04:26 PM ET

On one hand, his market value is the highest it's going to be right now given his past 2 seasons. On the other hand, Kaepernick is a running QB, so they probably want to hang onto Smith.

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February 21, 2013  06:32 PM ET

Since there is not a deep draft at QB in this years draft it favors the Niners in moving Smith for picks.

February 21, 2013  06:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Not at 8.5 million.

Had he played the second half of the SB, this would be interesting.

February 21, 2013  09:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Had he played the second half of the SB, this would be interesting.

If Alex Smith plays the second half of the SB the final score would have been 34 - 13.

February 22, 2013  06:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Alex Smith plays the second half of the SB the final score would have been 34 - 13.

If Brandon Jacobs is in the backfield when it's first and goal, the final score is 39-34!!!

February 22, 2013  06:51 AM ET
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If Brandon Jacobs is in the backfield when it's first and goal, the final score is 39-34!!!

Absolutely right!!!

February 22, 2013  08:59 AM ET

The IF game is fun, isn't it

 
February 22, 2013  12:29 PM ET

If I was Smith, I'd pull out my best "I'm going to be a distraction" card and hurt the niners trade leverage as much as I could. He played the good soldier last year, the Niners should do what is right by Smith in return (this coming from someone who never liked Smith from day one). But...in the end, this is a business and there is a demand for starting QB's.

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