The San Francisco 49ers have a new starting quarterback named Colin Kaepernick who helped lead them to the Super Bowl this past season. However, while they would like to now pull off an Alex Smith trade, rotoworld reported on Feb. 13 that the trade market for Smith is "limited."
While earlier rumors have the 49ers interested in a Percy Harvin trade, it doesn't look like Minnesota is interested in Alex Smith. Head Coach Leslie Frazier told ESPN that he was not going to bring in competition for Christian Ponder in 2013 and had faith in his quarterback.
That eliminates another team that San Francisco could talk to for Smith's services. While Buffalo, Arizona and Cleveland could use an upgrade at quarterback, none of them will do anything until they learn what the Baltimore Ravens plan to do about signing Joe Flacco as an exclusive rights free agent or just franchising him. If they franchise him, a team like Cleveland should sweep in and steal him away.
While this could take another opportunity away from an Alex Smith trade, it could also open up a very nice one in Baltimore. If the Ravens' job doesn't come open, Buffalo and Cleveland might be his only options. Other teams that were on the list included the New York Jets (can't afford the contract), Arizona Cardinals (San Francisco's divisional rivals) and the Kansas City Chiefs (looking at Nick Foles or Geno Smith).