A year ago, Alex Smith went from leading the San Francisco 49ers to within an overtime field goal from the Super Bowl to being a mere spectator this season, watching Colin Kaepernick live out Smith’s Super Bowl dream.
Smith, in the middle of his best NFL season, was playing well–he was accurate, completing 70 percent of his passes. Smith was also efficient, throwing for 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions, leading the NFL in passer rating–before suffering a concussion in Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams that forced Jim Harbaugh to start Colin Kaepernick. Unfortunately for Smith, Kaepernick succeeded and never looked back, leading to 49ers to the big game. And regardless of the outcome, Kaepernick is there to stay.
So what will become of Alex Smith?
It’s more than likely that he’s gone after the Super Bowl. If Smith is on the roster on April 1st, he is due a $8.5 million bonus, which the 49ers will likely not want to pay for a backup quarterback.
But Smith can start elsewhere. The past couple of seasons, he’s shown that he can be an efficient quarterback, and can manage an offense. So that’s where the New York Jets come in. The Jets are stuck with a quarterback that has been struggling the past few seasons. Mark Sanchez is coming off his worst season, and his future as the starter looks bleak.
Jets’ new general manager John Idzik said he’s planning to bring competition in. And if he works the salary-cap right, he may be able to land Smith.
Smith is confident and believes he still has his best football ahead of him. He has been playing good ball the past few seasons, but, is he a gun-slinging, electric, playmaker? Not at all. But he is the better option out of the other quarterbacks that will become available.