Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up prior to the start against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith To Seek Release - Jaguars Dream Scenario

Nothing like having a career season end by being benched in favor of your backup.  Come to Jacksonville Mr. Smith, we like you here. Source: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need a quarterback.  Whether it’s Marcedes Lewis telling TMZ that the Jags need one or whether it’s the obvious statistical failures of Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert that clue you in, the Jags will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.  While GM Dave Caldwell said there would be a competition at quarterback for the starting quarterback position (Gabbert’s chances may have improved with the hiring of OC Jedd Fisch who puts his quarterbacks in a position to spread it around) there would be a clear front runner if Alex Smith came to town.  Without a clear-cut franchise quarterback in the 2013 draft, Smith could be just what the Jaguars need.

Smith isn’t the be-all, end-all of quarterbacks, but he was having a heck of season (70% complete, 13 TDs to only 6 picks, 173 yards per game, 6-2-1 as a starter) before being benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick.  His poise, leadership, accuracy, and smart ball decisions would all be welcome in Jacksonville.  The only problem is that the San Francisco 49ers want to trade him and he’s due $8.5 million.

That’s pretty pricey for a backup in San Fran and it’s pretty pricey for a quarterback who has 1.5 good seasons and was benched in favor of a second year player.

Fortunately for Jacksonville, they could get the player so many fans coveted when the idea of hiring Niners OC Greg Roman was floating around.  Smith wants a release from the Niners.  He is expected to seek his release rather than allow the Niners to cash in on his (realistically) inflated value from 2011 and 2012.  While being released from San Francisco may be the “fair move” to the once #1 overall pick, it doesn’t make smart business sense for San Francisco.  So, if the Jags are truly interested in getting Smith, it may be best to hold off for a bit before making it known that they want him so it’s harder for the Niners to shop his $8.5 million salary.

But then again, we kind of need a quarterback.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • Terry O’Brien

    I say Yes to Alex Smith.

  • vallenii

    As a free agent at the right price/contract, why not? He is better than our current QB’s. How might acquiring A. Smith effect our draft strategy?

    • LukeNSims

      It would make us all worry a lot less about QB and not have to reach for a good one. The QB inflation at quarterback will change eventually, but for now it can skew an entire draft if you don’t have the franchise QB already on your roster. I think it opens it all up to take a few more chances on other premium positions that we’re short at.

      • vallenii

        Exactly, we would have a known quantity at QB. But, wouldn’t we draft to his abilities/tangibles? Or, would we simply address our many other needs? Perhaps the more flexibility we have during THIS draft the better. Out of curiosity (and sheer laziness), do you recall if Smith was with the 49ers while Sullivan was there?

        • LukeNSims

          Sullivan was with the Niners from 2005-2010, so yes he was.

    • LukeNSims

      …after writing that I’m beginning to think your question may have been rhetorical.

  • Messina

    I think Smith would be a great fit in JAX. I am a strong believer in having a veteran QB that can help groom and teach the younger inexperienced QBs like Gabbert. Smith has had the experienced of have a slow start to his career after being drafted with the expectations of being a franchise QB. His experience and skill would be a great asset to the Jags and to Gabbert.

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