Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

49ers: Alex Smith Will Not Be Released

There are still many issues in the air surrounding 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who will likely be on a different team next season.

The questions is: will he be traded or released?

Jim Harbaugh answers:

“That will be a process that will play out: Alex Smith continuing to be a 49er or if a trade occurs in the next weeks or months, those are the two possibilities, the most likely possibilities,” Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Basically, the 49ers will not be releasing Smith.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that “there hasn’t been a real hot market” for Smith.

He also suggested that 49ers would be willing to give up Smith for a fourth-round pick.

The 49ers will first look to trade Smith, then will release him if they cannot find any suitors. It is highly unlikely that they want to pay a backup quarterback $8.5 million next season.

Smith was the 49ers starting quarterback until he suffered a concussion in Week 11, allowing Colin Kaepernick to take over and excel. Kaepernick led the 49ers all the wayto the Super Bowl, while Smith watched from the sidelines.

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