After seeing the rise of his fellow quarterback, San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, former starter Alex Smith will reportedly be traded by his team.
ESPN reported the story on Sunday and wrote the player should see a good demand for his services in this upcoming season that doesn’t offer a wealth of quarterbacks to choose from.
Prior to his Nov. 11 concussion this season, Smith had completed 26 of his last 28 passes (including his 18 for 19, 232 yards, three touchdowns and zero picks (a 157.1 passer rating) in the Oct. 29 “Monday Night Football” win vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
But then everything changed. Enter backup Kaerpernick and the rest appears to be history.
So who will take Smith?
One rumored possibility is the Cleveland Browns. Smith would be reunited with the team’s new offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The two worked together in 2006 when Turner was the 49ers offensive coordinator. Kansas City Chiefs’ new coach Andy Reid has also expressed interest in the player.
But there is the money issue. If the team ends up dealing Smith rather than cutting him, it would come with a $1 million or $2 million roster bonus savings should they have to pay if he’s just released.
Smith has taken the high road with his demotion but admitted this week it’s been tough to be a backup.
In another case of a quarterback–a less talented one than Smith–who needs a new team in 2013 is New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
The Jets experiment didn’t work out for the player and now the team does’t have plans to release him before the start of the new season in March. Rather, they’ll keep him with hopes of a trade, reported ESPN.
But good luck trying to drum up some interest. His 2012 season doesn’t come with either a start or stats similar to Smith’s.
This week, one NFL general manager reportedly said via ESPN : “I think his career is over without playing another position.” After his season with the Jets, his allure in the league is dimming.
Last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars had expressed interest in the player but this is no longer true. Just last month, the Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell said of Tebow at his introductory press conference, “I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released.”
The Jets will be eligible to trade Tebow beginning March 12. They’ll look to see if a team will give up either a mid- to late-round draft pick for him.