Report: 49ers ‘unlikely’ to release Alex Smith


It still remains possible the 49ers will part ways with Alex Smith this offseason with Colin Kaepernick entrenched as the starter and alpha bro in the locker room. But don’t expect the team to flat-out release their one-time QB1.

From ESPN:

The San Francisco 49ers are “highly, highly, highly unlikely” to release quarterback Alex Smith, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

If true, that would go against Smith’s reported wishes. (A report that Smith has refuted.) Obviously, this would mean that should the Niners get rid of him it would have have to come via a trade, which would restrict his options and freedom to choose where he wants to end up, things a delusional Alex Smith homer might say the 49ers owe to Smith.

But Niners GM Trent Baalke said he doesn’t know yet what the team’s plans for Smith are. From Cam Inman:

“We’ll look at all options available,” Baalke, the 49ers’ general manager, told reporters Thursday at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. “Are we going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn’t been decided.”

“(We) have nothing but great respect for him, his family,” Baalke said. “We’re certainly going to do everything in our power to make the best decision for everyone involved.”

The 49ers will have to wait until the NFL’s calendar year officially begins on March 12 before they can trade Smith. But if he’s on the roster by April 1, Smith is due a $1 million roster bonus in addition to $7.5 million in guaranteed salary. That’s money perhaps better spent elsewhere on the roster, say, for free agent Dashon Goldson, who’s been clamoring for a long-term deal.

  • Rob Caprara

    Nothing like screwing someone over the person that got you going this year. Just sad they would do that to him and keep him from playing. I’m a Fan but screw you 49ers.

  • http://twitter.com/PatriotSpeaks PatriotSpeaks (@PatriotSpeaks)

    A team would be foolish to trade for Smith. The 49ers are not going to keep this guy, pay him that kind of money to sit on the bench. Wait them out, they are bluffing.

  • http://yardbarker.com Timm Worhacz

    So,you’re assuming that Kaepernick cannot be injured. Their # 3 is a rookie out of Wisconsin. Would you be confident going into a season without a proven backup? Look at the Redskins after RGIII went down. They were NOT the same. What Griffin and Kaepernick did this year was to validate a guy like Tebow. Not that he’s in theor class, but he runs the same game. Rex Ryan is a dumbass!