I know it was for cap reasons, but wasn't he willing to take a pay cut at the time?
The reason I bring it up is here we are 6 years later and we never replaced him! Think of how much different this entire franchise would be if we had a competent QB the entire time. We would have been in the playoffs in 06 and last year, Smith would have been watching and learning from the bench for the last 3 years and would maybe be ready to take over as full time starter now, and with a few more playoff appearances maybe the stadium would have already broken ground.
I know hindsight is 20/20 and we were coming off a 7-9 year and in cap hell, but seeing him on Saturday really reminded me how brutal we have been for the last 6 years!