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Alex Smith: 49ers' Smith On the Way Out
Update: League sources have said the 49ers will attempt to trade Smith during the offseason rather than grant him his release, reports.

Recommendation: It was reported earlier that Smith asked for his release so that he had some say in where he played next, but this makes obvious sense for the team as they would be on the hook for the $1 million portion of his contract that is guaranteed if they just cut him. They'll try to get something for him as there are a few teams apparently interested. Norv Turner, who is with the Browns now, and new Chiefs coach Andy Reid have both been linked to Smith in the past and are likely to be in need of a quarterback this offseason. With the right situation, Smith could post a decent fantasy value as a second quarterback next season.

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