One more team has now jumped on the Alex Smith train, and it’s the division rival Arizona Cardinals.
AZ Central is reporting that the Cardinals are exploring the possibility of trading for Smith, citing a league source.
So now, it appears that the two teams that are the most intrigued by Smith are the Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs, who was reported earlier today to have come closer to acquiring the quarterback.
A report from the Sacramento Bee stated that team officials have told others at the NFL Combine that they plan to have 15 picks in the draft this summer. The 49ers currently have 11 picks in the draft, with three more coming as compensation for losing free agents a year ago, so the extra one would logically come via a trade for Smith.
Again though, it should be stressed that a deal is not complete, whether it is with the Cardinals or Chiefs.
Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 by the 49ers, but struggled mightily in his first couple seasons.
That all changed in 2011, when the 49ers brought in Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Smith flourished under Harbaugh, putting up career numbers and leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game where they fell to the Giants.
He was their starting quarterback in 2012 until he suffered a concussion in Week 11, allowing Colin Kaepernick to take over and excel. Kaepernick led the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl, while Smith watched from the sidelines.
We will have much more on this potential Alex Smith trade, and will alert you if and when it is officially announced.