November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) paces the sidelines during first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) started the game instead of Smith. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Bills Quarterback Options: Alex Smith

With the Bills playoff hopes for the most part over, its time to starting looking to next season here at Buffalowdown. One of the biggest question marks going into next season is who will be starting for the Bills at quarterback. This is the first installment of the Buffalo Bills Quarterback options, the players that could possibly be linked to the Bills this offseason.

The first option is probably one of the more obvious choices, Alex Smith. The former first overall pick was beginning to return to grace with the San Francisco 49ers before being ousted in favor of dual threat Colin Kaepernick. With the 49ers likely unwilling to pay Smith’s large contract for him to be the backup, many expect that Smith will be on the move.

With Alex Smith you know what you’re getting. He isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he is a solid game manager with a much better arm than Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’s an eight year veteran with plenty of experience, which would save the team from growing pains. His stats aren’t too shabby either. In his nine games this season he’s thrown for 1,731 yards with 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.Last season was arguably the best of his career, as he passed for over 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. He led the 49ers to the NFC championship game only to lose to the future Super Bowl champion Giants.

When it comes to Alex Smith, it all depends on how much he costs. The Bills certainly wouldn’t be the only team with their eyes on him. There are plenty of teams in need of a quarterback. The 49ers will likely trade Smith and take the best offer available, meaning the price could be very high. This wouldn’t be a clear cut signing either, some would like the team to go much younger. Of all the options, however, Smith is probably the least risky. What do you think, is Smith a good fit in Buffalo? Make sure to comment with your opinion or take it to Twitter!


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