The 49ers are looking to trade quarterback Alex Smith. The Cardinals are looking for a quarterback.
According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals are interested in Alex Smith.
At first blush, the Niners shouldn’t want to send Smith to another team in the division. But the Eagles did it with quarterback Donovan McNabb three years ago, and the Patriots did it with quarterback Drew Bledsoe 11 years ago.
Still, the Packers dreaded the possibility of Brett Favre landing in the division — a year before he did.
For the 49ers, it makes sense to send him out of the division, if the offers are roughly equal. That’s ultimately the question: Will the Cardinals offer more than a non-NFC West team and, if so, how much more?