Once the San Francisco 49ers officially benched starter Alex Smith in favor of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the regular season, the talk of Smith’s future in San Francisco started to swirl.
Even though Smith was playing at a high level before going down with a concussion against the St. Louis Rams earlier in the season, head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stay with the hot hand in Kaepernick.
The young quarterback out of Nevada gave the team an entirely different dynamic at the quarterback position that opposing teams found difficult to defend and as a result Smith was made the backup for the rest of the season.
With Kaepernick the future face of the franchise and Smith unhappy with a backup role, the two sides will likely part ways in the off-season with plenty of interested teams waiting to get their hands on the 28-year-old veteran.
One team that has already shown considerable interest is the Kansas City Chiefs. New head coach Andy Reid is apparently a big fan of Smith and will pursue him once given the chance according to NFL.com:
Alex Smith will not be with the San Francisco 49ers next season, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week. So where might he land?
Mr. RapSheet named the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs as teams that have shown early interest. For new Chiefs coach Andy Reid, it’s apparently not the first time he’s shown interest in Smith.
At this point in time, with the 49ers heading into Super Bowl XLVII to face the Baltimore Ravens, it is uncertain how the team will deal with the Smith situation. In all likelihood, San Francisco will simply granted Smith’s release request making him a free agent and eligible to sign with another team.
The Chiefs along with the Bills, Eagles and Cardinals will likely show interest, but Smith’s future is still very much up in the air with no telling which direction the veteran will take in the off-season.