Trading Alex Smith Isn't a Foregone Conclusion and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2013

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 4: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers watches from the sidelines during the game with the San Diego Chargers  on September 4, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 26-7.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Today is the first day where head coaches and front office executives are made available to the media. This morning's media circus was kicked off by Chicago Bears newly appointed head coach Marc Trestman, who was immediately followed by 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

Baalke took the podium for 15 minutes to talk about anything and everything draft related. However, little time was actually spent talking about the draft. Instead, the hot topic of the day was none other than backup quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith has seemingly been the topic of discussion since he lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick midseason.

Despite losing his job to Kaepernick and his large impending salary ($8.5 million), Baalke made it clear that the organization was not going to give him away. Here's what he told reporters earlier this morning (via Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk): "Are we going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn’t been decided."

It's starting to sound more and more like the 49ers have certain draft pick range in mind and will not let No. 11 get away for peanuts. Ultimately, they control his future, and they know that. No one will bully Jim Harbaugh and Baalke into a deal they are not comfortable with. Plus, this year's weak quarterback class can only help San Francisco's efforts in trading Smith.

Without question, the next couple of months will have everyone on the edge of his or her seat. Free agency and the ability to trade players begins on March 12, which is now only 19 days away. This year's offseason will provided plenty of storylines, just as it does every other year. 



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