There is an increasing possibility the San Francisco 49ers will trade quarterback Alex Smith on March 12, when the 2013 season officially beings. March 12 is the earliest the 49ers can make a trade. Until then, the Niners have reportedly had trade discussions with the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals for Smith’s services.
You can make an argument for keeping Smith on the roster because Colin Kaepernick is a running quarterback, which increases his chances of getting injured. But trading Smith is the best option for the team.
For one, Kaepernick showed he is smart when running with the football and knows when to go out of bounds or take a slide to the turf to avoid a big hit. Another reason the Niners should trade Smith is because of third string quarterback Scott Tolzien. He has spent the past two seasons in Greg Roman’s offense, so he knows the playbook well. He has equally an accurate of an arm as Kaepernick and would be a good backup option to go to if there was an injury.
Tolzien was the starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin from 2009-2010 and he went undrafted in 2011. The San Diego Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent; however he was cut from the team before the start of the season. Shortly after he was released the 49ers signed him to be the third string quarterback.
While Tolzien has no regular season experience, he frequently runs the scout team for the 49ers. This means he is mimicking that weeks opposing quarterback in practice and facing off against the top defense in the NFL each week.
After Smith is traded, there is no doubt the Niners will sign a veteran quarterback when free agency starts. But don’t be surprised if Tolzien is the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart this season.
Scott Tolzien at 49ers Training Camp in 2012:
Scott Tozlien’s College Highlight Video: