Should the San Francisco 49ers Cut Alex Smith? Not So Fast

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Should the San Francisco 49ers Cut Alex Smith? Not So Fast
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Will the 49ers Let Alex Smith Go in the Off-Season?

"Should I Stay or Should I Go" is a song by the English punk rock band The Clash, from their album Combat Rock. It was written in 1981 and featured Mick Jones on lead vocals. It became the band's only No. 1 single (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

The lyrics of that song were:   "Darling you gotta let me know. Should I stay or should I go? If you say that you are mine, I'll be here till the end of time. So you gotta let me know. Should I stay or should I go?"

It has been almost six long years since that fateful day in 2005 when Alex Smith was drafted number one overall in the NFL Draft.  At times he has been loved, at other times hated and some times, just plain felt sorry for (if one can even feel sorry for a multimillionaire quarterback in the NFL).  He has been introduced to more new head coaches, offensive coordinators and offensive schemes than probably any other quarterback in the NFL these past several seasons.

The cynic in me says the 49ers should just let Alex Smith go this off-season. Release him outright. God speed Alex Smith!  Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.

In a few short months, or weeks, the San Francisco 49ers will have a new GM and a brand new head coach and coaching staff. Yes - another offensive coordinator will come to town too.

If the new GM and Head Coach are smart, they will find a way to retain the services of Alex Smith on their roster, if for no other reason than as a back-up quarterback. David Carr surely will be let go.  Troy Smith?  Exciting at times, reckless at other times and most likely too short to be a successful pocket passer in the NFL. Nate Davis? even Mike Singletary who seemed to like taking on special player challenges had concerns about him.

There is only one quarterback on the current 49ers roster worth keeping and that is Alex Smith. Clearly the 49ers need to look to free agency for someone to compete for the starting job and they also must draft a young prospect quarterback in the first, second or third round this year but Alex Smith should be retained.

So, before you all throw Alex Smith to the wolves and clamor for the acquisition of Donavan McNabb, Kyle Orton or some other would-be savior of the 49ers, lets take a look at the cold hard facts when it comes to quarterbacks who could come to San Francisco in the off-season.

In this article, we will also take a look at some promising free agents who are likely under the radar of most 49er fans.  Keep in mind, many of the quarterbacks you may covet are NOT unrestricted free agents and given that good quarterbacks are hard to come by in the NFL, few teams are willing to just outright release anyone from their roster.

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