Oddly enough, maybe the two biggest stories out of Super Bowl week have been related to deer-antler spray (?) and the future of one team's backup quarterback.
With rumors circulating that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will request his release after the season, FOXSports.com reported Tuesday that the Niners instead will seek to trade their former starter in hopes of recouping a draft pick, probably a fourth- or fifth-rounder. Considering the dearth of similarly quality options in the upcoming free-agent class and the lack of an Andrew Luck/RGIII-esque franchise QB in the draft, it seems likely that Smith will draw sufficient interest for a deal to be consummated, especially since the FOXSports.com report indicated that the Niners are willing to work with Smith to send him to his preferred destination "regardless of whether it's a division opponent."
You know where this is going. The Cardinals' quarterback situation after the Kevin Kolb injury was not good. It was bad. It has been widely speculated that John Skelton won't be back next year, and it was clear from Ryan Lindley's no-touchdown, seven-interception rookie season that he's not close to being ready for an NFL starting job. So even if Kolb is brought back -- his contract would almost certainly need to be renegotiated since he has a $9 million salary for next year along with a $2 million roster bonus due in March -- the Cards will probably still want to add a veteran QB, either as a backup to Kolb or as competition for him. And it's unknown exactly what Bruce Arians' opinion is of Kolb, as pretty much all there is to go on is this quote from his introductory press conference.
"The first thing is you look at the skill level. I see what I see. Fundamentally, can I correct things or can we correct things? Is he salvageable? Has he been hit out?"
Let Smith-to-Cards speculation commence
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