49ers say Alex Smith's contract can fit under 2013 cap

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49ers say Alex Smith's contract can fit under 2013 cap
January 31, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Time is rapidly approaching for the Eagles to make a decision on Michael Vick, Nick Foles remains something of an unknown and Ravens practice-squad quarterback Dennis Dixon could soon be heading to Philly (see story).

Needless to say, the Eagles' QB situation under new head coach Chip Kelly remains unsettled, prompting speculation about who may be available if the Eagles were so interested.

Atop that list sits 49ers backup QB Alex Smith, who, following an injury, lost his job midway through the season to Colin Kaepernick. Smith led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game last season and completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards, 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions through 10 weeks this year.

With those numbers, and after the Niners' decision to move forward with Kaepernick, interest in Smith around the league should be high this coming offseason -- assuming San Francisco is willing to part with him.

The team's CEO, Jed York, told CSNBayArea Thursday that he believed the Niners could fit Smith's $8.5 million salary under the team's cap in the event they decide to keep him around.

"You figure out what's best for guys, what's best for the team," York said. "And you figure out, is there a spot on the team for him from a cap standpoint? Yeah, absolutely, there's a spot for him on the team.

"From a need standpoint? It's pretty nice to have two quarterbacks that you feel you can win with. Is there going to be a demand for a quarterback that's played as well as he has the last couple of years? Yeah. Does he want want to go start and play? So there are a lot of things that go into it. And we'll sit down after the Super Bowl and figure out what's best for everybody and how to move forward."

CSNBayArea points out that the decision to keep Smith on the books could impact the 49ers in other areas, like their interest in re-signing Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.

Then again, York could just be driving up Smith's price.

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