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The Official Harbaugh Era QB competition!

Lets say that this newly refound leader, one by the name of Alex Smith has a successful 2011 campaign under harbaugh as the Qb of our SF 49ERS. We spent a 2nd round pick on the future successor in Colin K. So now my question is, Alex Smith is getting ready to sign a 1yr contract around 5 Million dollars.

So here is where we go to that...oh ohhh, what do we do now:

So if Alex Smith puts up good/great numbers, gets us to the playoffs at 9-7 persay under harbaughs 1st yr. What do we doo?

-Extend His contract
-Trade him at high value and go with CK
-Trade CK for a future first round pick



What would you do? This would actually be a very good scenario to ponder, at the end of the day.
Franchise Smith in order to retain him for 1 more year.

Bring Kaepernick up to speed so that his 3rd year (2013) he would be the presumed starter.
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Franchise Smith in order to retain him for 1 more year.

Bring Kaepernick up to speed so that his 3rd year (2013) he would be the presumed starter.

U'd be willng to pay Alex Smith 21 Million dollars of the franchise tag value of a QB in 2012?

Thats tooo high for my taste.

Now lets say he has a great 2012...do we do with CK like the eagles r doing with Kevin Kolb?
Why do people keep saying that we should franchise Alex Smith? Do you know how much the franchise tag is for QBs?


He should not make near that amount of money unless he gets us a superbowl
Originally posted by DaFaro49ers:
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Franchise Smith in order to retain him for 1 more year.

Bring Kaepernick up to speed so that his 3rd year (2013) he would be the presumed starter.

U'd be willng to pay Alex Smith 21 Million dollars of the franchise tag value of a QB in 2012?

Thats tooo high for my taste.

Now lets say he has a great 2012...do we do with CK like the eagles r doing with Kevin Kolb?

You're right, that is too high. I didn't know the franchise tag for QBs was that high.
I've seen this thread pop-up for the last two seasons...

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he wont get it out of ur head already! if it wasnt for the lockout & lack of a good qb on the roster he would of been out the door by now
Originally posted by NickSh49:
I've seen this thread pop-up for the last two seasons...


While, I agree that this seems to be a theme every offseason in Ninerland, at least this time around we have an early round prospect who is theory is a legitmate replacement at some point. That has not been the case at any point in Alex Smith's career, so I think it does make the question a lot more relevant because they actually have a tangible resource on hand.

Either way, I'll wait to see if Alex Smith improves under Harbaugh before I think about this question, so I understand where you're coming from.

Also, to the OP. 9-7 record in the weak NFC West isnt impressive enough for me to want to keep Alex. His play better reflect better than that record, especially if CK looks good in preseason and seems to have a handle on things. Franchising him seems crazy unless he plays like a top 5 QB as well.
[ Edited by elhebrewhammer on Jul 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM ]
alex smith blows
LOL Smith will be lucky to have a good preseason
Uggh, another long term plan proposed for Smith after "hypothetically" not sucking next season.

Why does this subject remind me of Charlie Brown repeatedly falling for Lucy's trick of pulling the ball away on kickoff?
Originally posted by DaFaro49ers:


-Extend His contract
-Trade him at high value and go with CK
-Trade CK for a future first round pick

What would you do? This would actually be a very good scenario to ponder, at the end of the day.

Can't trade him unless you extend him first. Kap won't be worth a first until he shows something amazing in a preseason game or something good in regular season action. At 9-7, I think they let him walk. With a better record, or a playoff win, they would probably extend him.
Unless Smith absolutly dominates, we wont need to compete for his service after this year. Smith has proven he wants be here. If he sucks or is even mediocare we will move on. If he is good we coudle probably lock him up for a very reasonable price. Do you really think he would want to go to another team and learn yet another offense? If he is worth locking up, he will probably credit Harbaugh with a lot of his success and be willing to give a huge home town discount. All that being said, Smith's play is only half of the equation. I think a lot will depend on Kaep and his progress.

If by some miracle of God, Smith does dominate under Harbaugh, it's a no brainer to retain him. With good/great Qbs being few and far between, you have to roll the dice on signing. I for one have no problem letting Kaep sit for a few years, especially if we are actually winning.
The better we do, the longer I want Kaep to sit.
If this unlikely hypothetical scenario came true, we should trade Alex Smith. Derek Anderson had a great year in Cleveland and he regressed. Alex Smith may have some decent years ahead of him but the chances of him becoming a franchise QB who can lead his team to the playoffs year in and year out are ridiculously small. In fact, if that came true we should be discussing whether Mark Wahlberg or Shia Labeouf should star in the movie about his miraculous career.
[ Edited by RichmondPete on Jul 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM ]
Its a good problem to have. Remember when we had Montana starting and Young on the bench? We keep the better of the 2 qbs and get as much value as possible with a trade in a few years.
[ Edited by PiratePete on Jul 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM ]