49ers will make Kaepernick the future by cutting Alex Smith
After the San Francisco 49ers season ends, the questions regarding the status of Alex Smith will start to swirl. Many already have the 49ers trading Alex Smith to a number of teams, but after reviewing the situation it makes for sense for the 49ers to cut him as he then becomes a free agent.
The 49ers tried to find an alternative, but after Jim Harbaugh pursued Peyton Manning they re-signed Alex Smith in March of 2012.
The deal had no signing bonus, but a $3 million roster bonus that was paid out when he signed the contract. He also received a guaranteed $5 million base salary and was eligible to earn $1.25 million in incentives.
Starting on March 12th, 2013 (the start of the new league year date) the 49ers will owe Alex Smith a $1 million roster bonus and starting April 1st his $7.5 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed.
Look for the 49ers to show Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback of the future by cutting Alex Smith before the $1 million roster bonus is due. By doing that they are only responsible for $1 million of the $7.75 million base salary that is guaranteed.
Alex Smith had his chance last year to test the free agent market and a number of teams were in desperate need of a quarterback and looked elsewhere. Why should it be any different this year?
Even the New York Jets shouldn’t come running to Alex Smith. One decent year with a stellar defense and strong running attack doesn’t make you a franchise quarterback.