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Arizona Cardinals insider 'doubts' team trades for 49ers QB Alex Smith

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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cards would have interest in Smith should he be released, but doubts the team trades for him.

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There are many ways the Arizona Cardinals could go when it pertains to the quarterback position for 2013. They could decide to keep Kevin Kolb, which would likely come at a reduced rate. They could draft their quarterback of the future, whoever that may be. Or they could find a free agent or trade partner to get a QB that already has experience in the league.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic suggests that many personnel within the Cardinals organization prefer the latter route. More specifically, they want to get their hands on 49ers QB, Alex Smith. Smith is a likely candidate to be traded from the 49ers after they discovered a rare talent in Colin Kaepernick last season. Smith, as Somers points out, would like a release, but if the 49ers can get a draft pick for him, a release is unlikely to happen.

So, should the 49ers go the trade route with Smith, there are a few things to keep in mind. First is that the Cardinals likely would not be the first team they think of if they do decide to ship him off. Both teams play in the same division and San Francisco wouldn't want to get burned by their former signal caller.

Secondly, Somers does not believe the Cardinals would even be willing to trade for Smith. The thought is that they traded for Kolb two seasons ago and that hasn't turned out well, so why risk the same mistake all over again? I tend to be in the same boat with Somers in thinking that Smith isn't really even an upgrade over Kolb as things stand. The problem is that Kolb simply cannot stay on the field.

What do you make of this? Somers' logic is sound and I doubt the Cards trade for Smith at any point this offseason. The price would like be astronomical so that the 49ers could prevent him from even landing in the desert. But then again, I could be wrong.

Do you think the Cardinals should trade for Alex Smith? Is it a wise idea? Would the 49ers even go for it? Tell us in the comments section below.

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