Smith, sitting atop the depth chart in San Francisco for the better part of the last half-decade, now sees his job in jeopardy after second-year wonder-kid Colin Kaepernick took the league by storm last week.
Starting for Smith (concussion) against the Chicago Bears, Kaepernick threw for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers rolled, 32-7.
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to announce who will start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, but all indications point to Kaepernick starting his second straight game.
If that's the case, the 49ers might have interesting decisions to make down the road with Smith.
The 28-year-old has a $1 million roster bonus due next March, and the 49ers are potentially on the hook for upwards of $10 million to Smith throughout 2013. If Kaepernick is the answer now and to start next season, it's likely that Smith would be playing elsewhere in 2013.
Obviously, we're a long way from that point, as Kaepernick has exactly one start under his belt. But if Smith is done in San Francisco after this season, there appear to be at least three teams that would view Smith as an upgrade at QB.