The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly interested in trading quarterback Alex Smith.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com:
The San Francisco 49ers will attempt to trade quarterback Alex Smith this offseason, according to league sources, and some believe they will be able to do it because there is not a great supply of available quarterbacks and there is a demand for Smith.
There's one other factor to consider: If San Francisco deals Smith instead of cutting him, it would save the $1 million or $2 million roster bonus it would have to pay if he is released.
This is unsurprising because Smith possesses starting talent for a team in pro football and his contract puts San Francisco in this bind.
Not to mention the quick impact of Colin Kaepernick emphatically set the 49ers' future under center.
As for Smith, he'll only be 29 years old when the 2013 NFL season kicks off. So, the following teams won't be taking a large investment risk regarding long-term. Quarterbacks are also capable of lasting near age 40.