One of the big storylines heading into the Super Bowl surrounds the 49ers' quarterback position and how Alex Smith only lost his job to Colin Kaepernick due to a concussion. When Smith went down, Kaepernick stepped in. It is pretty obvious at this point that the second-year Nevada signal caller doesn't feel like giving it back anytime soon.

That is why Pro Football Talk is reporting that Smith's days in a 49ers uniform are essentially numbered. The team will try and trade him following the Super Bowl. He is owed $8.5 million next season, which is a hefty price to pay for a backup QB.

The odd twist in this is that Smith does not want to be traded. He wants to be released.

It seems that Smith either has a team he is eyeing as a possible landing spot or simply does not want to be traded to a select group of teams.