NFL Free Agency: Where Will San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith Land In 2011?

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIJanuary 7, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is a free agent this offseason and many must wonder, where will Smith play in 2011?

Some 49ers fans have been waiting for this day to come, and others still might want to give the former No. 1 overall pick another chance.

Alex Smith has shown his capability every now and again, but the fact remains that he has not performed liked the franchise quarterback the 49ers hoped he would be.

Smith's problem during his career with the 49ers is that he has not been consistent, forcing the Niners to try other options such as David Carr and Troy Smith.

Perhaps it was the instability in the 49ers' system, but Smith has not played well enough to earn himself a seventh season with the 49ers.

There are quite a few teams in the National Football League who are in need of a starting quarterback.

Teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins all had issues at the quarterback position in 2010 and will be in search of a new quarterback during the offseason.

The only issue is that those teams all possess top 20 picks in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Perhaps Smith can be signed and serve as a mentor to one of the young quarterbacks who will be selected in April's draft.

It is also possible that an organization may have faith in Smith to revitalize his career.

We have seen quarterbacks in the past who did not play well early in their career and all they needed was a change of scenery.

Oakland Raiders fans all remember Rich Gannon who came to Oakland and resurrected his career and even won an MVP award in 2002.

The fact remains that Alex Smith wants to be a starting quarterback and it is likely he will get another chance.

Smith has thrown for just under 10,000 yards in his career with 51 touchdown passes and 53 interceptions.