Originally posted by cciowa:
alex will not and should not stay. first off he should go off and start somewhere, get a fresh start and prove that he is a good quarterback on his own without the crutch of JH so many people connect him with.. the biggest thing is though we do not need that distraction here next year in regards to our back up qb and i would lose all respect for alex if he is willing to tuck his tail and crawl to us accepting a lowly back up spot.
Smith may not have a voice in the matter if the 49ers can't get the deal they want.
I will be very disappointed if the 49ers are not able to make a trade for him and wind up having to release him to avoid any potential problems with him sulking around being unused.
First of all, he is a starting talent that should be worth AT LEAST a 2nd if not a 1st. Considering the 49ers invested the #1 in him in the first place, it is incumbent on Baalke to get a decent return on that investment. To just release him would be a huge waste of what should have been a franchise pick.
Second, it would cause all kinds of negative publicity for management if they were to force Smith to stay against his will, even though it might give Smith a chance to once again start for a playoff team should Kaepernick go down.