Smith in position to make big money now he is top of the class.After Michael Vick elected to stay at the Philadelphia Eagles and restructure his contract, Alex Smith became the top QB this offseason and he will likely be paid well by whoever signs him.
Smith has one year left one his contract at San Francisco, but he will be due $7m plus an extra $1m if he is still on the roster next month, and paying that sum of money for a backup is something the 49ers do not want to to do, allowing him to be traded for at least a second round pick.
Whilst teams will initially take over the base salary for next season, the new contract Smith can demand will likely be one that is highly paid due to the demand now for a top drawer QB.
With Vick earning at least $7m for this year only, Smith could end up with a six-seven year deal which could earn him up to $50m, reports NFL.com.
Teams such as Buffalo, Kansas City, Jacksonville and the New York Jets are all rumoured to be interested in a trade for the seven year veteran and will likely start a bidding war which will only make the deal better for both Smith and the 49ers.
He would become an instant starter and with the Chiefs in a position to offer good money and have people in place to utilise his talents immediately, they are the early favourites to land the signal-caller which would elevate them to playoff contenders within a year
By offloading Smith, the 49ers will free up a good amount of money for the 2013 season, which could help them make moves to address their defence, which struggled last year against the pass, and could help find that one player who could turn the Superbowl finalists into Superbowl Champions .