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http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2017/08/29/could-alex-smith-join-the-4...

Could Alex Smith join the 49ers again?
By Kevin Lynch on August 29, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Are there still Alex Smith lovers out there, four seasons after he 
departed the 49ers? If so, consider this: Maybe he’ll come back.

The 49ers former first overall pick from the 2005 draft could very well 
be traded or released at the end of the season. And if Kansas City’s 
first-round quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, shows promise, then maybe the 
Chiefs move on from the Alex Smith era.

KNBR’s Larry Krueger, a former NFL scout, suggested that Smith returning 
to the 49ers could be a possibility, and maybe it’s not so far-fetched. 
Here’s why.

The 49ers could be interested if they fail to get quarterback Kirk 
Cousins out of Washington next year and if they don’t find what they are 
looking for in the draft next spring.

But what if Brian Hoyer flames out like he did in previous stints in 
Cleveland and Houston? Wouldn’t the 49ers have to consider Smith as a 
possible place holder?

Certainly the move might suit him. He’s a native Californian, and he met 
his wife in the Bay Area. Smith could come full circle, after starting 
his career here.

Much will probably depend on what kind of team the 49ers turn out to be 
this year. If the 49ers are a defensive-oriented, run-first team, than 
Smith might make sense. He rarely makes mistakes, he knows how to manage 
situations, and he’s a steadying presence both with his play and his 
personality. That’s one reason the Chiefs rarely lose with Smith at the 
helm. That’s why Smith succeeded when the 49ers built a defense and a 
running game around him in 2011. He also seems to be improving in some 
areas; last year, he threw for 3,502 yards, a career best.

Over the last three seasons, his completion percentage has been over 60 
percent and his quarterback rating over 90.

This year, he spent six weeks in Hawaii, going through an extensive 
training regiment that included underwater workouts. In a small sample 
size this summer, Smith has completed over 80 percent of his passes in 
preseason games and owns a quarterback rating of 125.

But there are always questions with Smith. While he’s won a boat load of 
regular season games and has been impressively durable, he’s also failed 
to consistently hit the big play or throw touchdown passes, or win 
playoff games.

His passer rating in the red zone was 39.6 and he threw only 15 
touchdown passes last season.

Also, Smith turns 34 in May. And while he’s in outstanding shape, do the 
49ers want a conservative quarterback with declining skills to lead 
their quarterback-centric offense?

And say Smith makes another improvement this year, and connects more 
consistently with speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill. That means the 
Chiefs will likely keep him for 2018, which would be the last year of 
his contract.

The only way Smith becomes available is if the Chiefs trade or release 
him after the season, which they can do with minimal salary-cap 
implications.

The chances that Smith returns to the 49ers is remote. However, the 
quest to find a quarterback can make some teams make curious moves, and 
maybe Smith returning to the 49ers could make sense in the right situation.