Originally posted by rk1642:
I used to be of the opinion that we would end up releasing Alex due to the fact that teams would know we can't take the salary hit for a backup qb.
But the more I've thought about it the more I'm convinced that we will be able to trade Alex.
There is a very small window where we can trade him and not take any hit whatsoever so IMO Trent is already on the phone talking and getting a feeling for offers.
I tried to put myself in a GM's shoes that has zero for a starting qb. If I knew Alex was gonna hit the market and my team needs that commodity, do you take a chance on letting him hit the open market where you have to bid with other teams? I don't think so. No other qb is even close in Alex's abilities this offeason! If you are buffalo or the chiefs, do you want to bid against say the Jets (NY market and great city) or Cards(great city and climate)? Who wants to play in cold weather and what wife wants to move from California to upstate NY or the middle of nowhere?
Somebody is gonna give a 3rd for sure, it just makes sense. We all know a team must have a qb to be competative in the NFL and Alex will instantly give a team that component. They still keep their 1st and 2nd rounders for upgrades and your team has a new direction.
Up to Trent to get this done, play teams off each other cause I for one would hate to see Alex go to the Cards.
One question: When Alex was available at the conclusion of last season for no compensation, why wasn't there a rush for his services?
I understand that the media is in a frenzy re his marketability. Peter King and guys like him are speculating on teams that would make a play for him, etc. But these "armchair experts" are notoriously inept at being able to evaluate situations and/or talent at anything other than a very superficial level. Peter King, in particular, is one of the dummest prognosticators I have seen/read. Just a bag of hot air and mostly wrong.
We don't really know how GM's actually feel about Alex's limitations and how much would they be willing to part with in order to land him. Maybe last year's experience gives us a clue. Maybe the horizon has altered and someone will be willing to part with a draft choice for him. i certainly hope for the latter. And yes, IF someone will part with a draft choice for him, The Niners should make the trade. After all the money that the Niners have sunk in him, they are entitled to recoup something.
I wouldn't be concerned where he went. IMO Arizone would be fine. I'm with baltien on this; IMO I think that it would work in our favor. This bit about a player knowing a team's playbook, etc. has generally been debunked as a credible concern. Andy Reid traded his long term starting QB to a division rival The Patriots traded Bledsoe to Buffalo, a division rival. I'll leave it at that.