Alex Smith has become a phenomenal quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers over the past two seasons, posting a record of 20-6-1.
He's proven to be highly accurate and doesn't often turn the ball over—traits that equate to winning games.
That said, he does have his limitations, and Colin Kaepernick's ability to stretch the field and make plays on the ground while taking good care of the football trumps those limitations.
Smith is still a terrific quarterback who deserves another chance.
The 49ers have until April 1, 2013 to either keep Smith and pay him the $7.5 million base salary he's owed in 2013 (h/t NFL.com's Michael Lombardi), trade him or cut him. If they trade or cut him, the 49ers would still owe him $1 million, but the savings would allow the team more room to maneuver.
Where he'd fit: Kansas City Chiefs (provided Romeo Crennel and his entire coaching staff are gone).
With Jamaal Charles getting plenty of carries and Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin, Tony Moeaki and Dexter McCluster available as pass-catchers, Smith would have a similar situation personnel-wise as he's had in San Francisco.
Plus, the Chiefs defense is full of players capable of playing at a high level. Given the proper guidance, this team could be a playoff contender in Smith's first season.