Originally posted by fryet:
I really want to use an Alex Smith trade to get a top 10 draft pick in this draft. Package whatever additional picks we have to, but make the Alex Smith trade conditional on getting the high first. Then we can draft Justin Smith's future replacement.
And as another poster pointed out, I doubt Alex Smith will have a problem with cold weather. He played college ball in Utah.
I would love this too; I just really can't see it happening. Teams (especially bad ones) are enamored with the hope and possibilities inherent in a high-1st pick, even if that team has a history of bungling such picks. IIRC, a top ten pick is worth more than 2 of our #30s by conventional draft charts, and those higher picks gain even more value now that the rookie pay scale has made those picks much more affordable. If Alex is worth a 3rd, no way a team equates the jump from #32 (
) up to #10 as the same value as a 3rd round pick. I honestly don't know if we could get there with Alex, our 1st, our 2nd, and one of the thirds. If they wanted to give up the #10, just for Alex and our 1st, I'd be just fine w/that.
Originally posted by NinerG94:
I keep reading about all the trade possibilities for Alex Smith, but why in the world would any team trade for him when they know we have to release him? Every team in the league knows we are cap strapped and that the 49ers are NOT going to pick up his 9 mil salary. They will wait until he's released. He's not so good that teams can't afford to take the chance on him signing elsewhere.
If you had a choice of anywhere to move to, how much extra money would it take for you to choose Buffalo or Kansas City? By trading, they not only ensure that they get the player, but they get one the most efficient passers as the 20th highest paid QB in football for the next 2 years. If they wait until he is cut, they need to negotiate a new contract with him IF they can get him to choose them. No telling what the price tag would be, as long as at least 2 teams want him.
Also worth noting: He does not receive guaranteed roster bonuses from being here past April 1st; his salary for the year becomes fully guaranteed. The 49ers are off the hook for his salary in a trade scenario (salary is paid in 17 weekly payments during the regular season), they only eat the cap $$ for already-earned bonuses, which runs about $1million, IIRC. I could be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure this is correct.