Posted January 30, 2013

Report: 49ers’ Alex Smith won’t return to team next season

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49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith reportedly won't be back with team next season. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith reportedly won’t be back with team next season. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith will most likely not return to the team next season, reports NFL.com. 

The report says that there are several teams interested in Smith, including the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith is due a $8.5 million salary in 2013.

Smith was the league’s highest rated quarterback when he was injured on Nov. 11 against the St. Louis Rams. He was completing 70 percent of his passes and had 13 touchdowns before suffering a concussion. Backup Colin Kaepernick come on in relief and never relinquished the starting job, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Niners will try to trade their former starting quarterback after the Super Bowl, but if nothing materializes they will cut him sooner rather than later out of respect to Smith.

Smith and his agent, Tom Condon, have a strong relationship with the 49ers, and the team believes Smith has earned the right to pick a team.


30 comments
GregoryCoker
GregoryCoker

I really like Alex. I think what happend to him was unfortunate. Basically he got screwed. He was performing well, the Niners were playing well and without the concussion he would have been the QB leading his team to the S.B. Good luck Alex, I wish you the best.

rab777
rab777

Smith will be going to the Eagles. Vick is second string at best.

Quite A Dude
Quite A Dude

Don't get all the cat and mouse being played. Smith gets 8 plus million if still with the 49ers by mid March. Are the Niners going to pay Smith 8 million US to be a backup? No... If he is such a hot property which he wasn't as a free agent end of 2011 then some team will come forward to offer the Niners a deal. Otherwise the Niners cut him and he is a free agent. My bet is no team will come forward to offer anything for Smith and will wait to take a shot at him when he's cut..

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

I agree , i've been thinking about this situation and it could really happen cause the Ravens will be looking to knock Kaepernick out

ineedaloginalre
ineedaloginalre

If only Green Bay had treated their QB as well as this.

 

I give the Niners huge props if this story is true, as they could certainly be huge jerks in regards to where Smith could play in the future. 

ZacharyRD
ZacharyRD

This story is anything but new news, but at the same time, he's bound to be a hot trade commodity.  He has LOTS of experience with new Offensive Coordinators, unfortunately, is smart, is going to be driven, seems like a good bet for a quarterback lacking team.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

Imagine this scenario:  Kapernick gets hurt in the first quarter and Smith comes in.  Its a tight game and Smith plays well, leading a game winning drive in the closing seconds to win the Super Bowl for the 49ers.

matt37
matt37

Real 49er fans wish you well Alex, while realizing that you've got to go!  We're not going to pay a guy $8+ million a year to hold a clipboard.  This is a franchise that let Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, etc. to walk when it was the best move for the team.  It's a business.  Alex, you've been a great teammate, a great professional and a true leader and example of class.  Good luck wherever you go!

stagger
stagger

Never saw this coming! What's next? A-Rod will be linked to PE's? Sky will be blue?

Drumby
Drumby

He's a great QB. I can't believe he doesn't want to come back next year and play with or be around the greatest receiver to ever play. It boggles the mind.

RichardBoehmer
RichardBoehmer

Philly is a perfect fit come to the city of brotherly love

bay2sierra
bay2sierra

Alex Smith is a great man, a great sportsman, a great team player, if not the greatest QB. He volunteered to join the search for a missing girl in the offseason. He endured his team's difficult times. He has great work ethic. He handles the difficult situation of losing the starter's job with class. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.

Racyman57
Racyman57

With no clear cut franchise QB, in this year's draft so far, Smith should be a hot commodity.  I can see him, Matt Flynn, Foles and even the Yates kid, from the Texans, having good shots at being starters somewhere.  With the rookie salary cap, a team can afford to bring in one of these guys and still draft a QB with a high pick.  As of now, that is what I hope my Chiefs do.  They can't go another season with such poor QB play and I think they will insure they have more than one option.

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

 @GregoryCoker We'll now never know, but the mistakes Colin made may have  lost a game Alex would not have. 

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

 @Quite A Dude If Frisco can get anything of value for him, they'll deal him before they cut him; any team dealing for him will pay him his 8.5 mill. If more than one team wants him, he may get 9 out of one.

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craigbhill1
craigbhill1

 @ineedaloginalre Don't believe it. They weren't so sweet they didn't dump him when Colin started off well. Corporations aren't compassionate people, y'know.

WstrnTrvlr
WstrnTrvlr

@The Bedford Bulldog Totally disagree. Who cares what we think?

Vito42
Vito42

@bay2sierra Well said. Couldn't agree more. I'll be rooting for him wherever he ends up, except of course when he plays the 9ers.

Shawn4
Shawn4

 @Racyman57

 The quiefs? The Chefs? Great googly moogly...lol. No chance in dethroning my Broncos!!!

Fladabosco
Fladabosco

 @matt37  @Drumby I think Smith is vastly underrated here in the Bay Area. He's a very accurate and smart thrower and that's worth a lot. He got us ONE PLAY away from the Superbowl last year. And the first 3 or 4 years he was here his front line was terrible. We used to say that when the ball was hiked Smith looked like a squirrel that fell into a dog park. He was hit constantly, had to run all over the place to avoid the rush and still hardly threw any interceptions.

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

 @Shawn4  @Racyman57 Of course try to, in 2-3 years when Manning blows his last game. It'd be smart for KC under new smart managment to get a quality qb like Smith, draft a good rookie over the next 2 drafts, and let their careers overlap 4 years.