This is what that last thread was supposed to be. The train in my mind went off the rails and went in a diffrent direction.
Anyhow, my first thought regarding Alex Smith and his future with the 49ers was Alex, who got one measly hit from Miami before this season started, would get his mill and his unconditional release on 3/31.
But . . .
The FA QB situation is dogshit. It starts at Joe Flacco and goes down in a hurry from there. Jason Campbell? Tavaris Jackson? Matt Moore? Drew Stanton??? A veritable who’s who of dreck. Flacco has proven he can beat shitty teams most of the time, and good teams once in a while, but he more than likely isn’t going anywhere, so this is good news for Smith (and the Niners by proxy if they can drum up a bidding war for Alex’s services).
Beyond that, the college QB class is bereft of anything eye-popping, or even eye-opening. Geno Smith? Tyler Wilson? Matt (Hot-tub Barkley? This could be the 1st draft in NFL history where a QB is not taken in the entire 1st round.
So, that leaves trades as the only way for the plethora of teams out there desperate for a QB to get someone. The best backup by far is one Alex Smith. He’s the 3rd ranked QB in the league, for God’s sake. Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb could likely be on the block as well, but Kolb sucks, and Flynn is still an unknown entity.
So, who are the players out there that need QBs? Shit. Who doesn’t? San Diego could very well be tiring of the blase uncaring turnover machine that Philip Rivers has become. Alex would be a great fit with Norv Turner, but ol’ turkey neck is toast in SD. The Jets are totally hosed with the only guy in the league with MORE turnovers than Philip Rivers (47 in his last 2 years), in Mark Sanchez and his whopping 50 in the same span.
The Jets have MUCH more on their plate than just QB problems, as they have a front office that rivals the Niners in 2009. Rex Ryan distrusts the front office, and the front office is more concerned with being ‘relevant’ (see the Tim Tebow trade), and they have a team with little talent, and no leadership in sight.
Cleveland isn’t all that impressed with their geriatric rookie Brandon Weeden. Another 10 loss season will do that to folks. They have some good young talent in RB Trent Richardson and WR Josh Gordon, and a decent young defense. That would be a prety good fit for Alex.
AZ? Well, there lies the rub. Can the Niners pull something like this off if they get a good enough deal? Sure, Why not? The Iggles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, a division rival, a few years back. This is a little different though. Smith has a lot more tread let on his tires. the Niners may be a little leery of trading him to a division rival. AZ is terrible offensively, especiall their O line. It is giving up sacks at am alarming rate, and both Red Skelton and Kevin Kolb have been pummeled trying to run that offense. Beef up the line, and get a better QB and AZ could be right back in the mix. Hence the Niners uneasiness sending him to AZ.
KC is another possibility. Matt Cassel isn’t reminding anyone of Tom Brady anymore, and is considered pretty much a bust at this point. I know little about the Chiefs, but they have some good young players. Would Alex fit there? Sure. Why not? KC will likely get a slew of new coaches after this nightmare of a season. They might shoot for an established QB as well.
So, what do the Niners look to get in a trade? A 2nd and 4th pick? Sure. Strangely enough, the Niners have upwards of 13 picks in 2013 due to trades and supplemental compensation picks. I don’t think they would know what to do with 2 more picks in the draft. Could they even concievably get a late 1st round pick? A high #1? The hope would be a bidding war broke out, and it could very well happen. I think a 2 and 4 is possible, and I have no idea who they could trade for, but the Niners do need D line depth, safety depth, and maybe a WR to hunt for in trade.