Alex Smith to ask for release, according to report

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Alex Smith has been linked to the Jaguars, among other teams as a possible option at quarterback.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be one of many teams looking to address their quarterback position in 2013, and one option that may come available is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. It's possible he could hit the free agent market rather than in a trade, however. According to a report by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Alex Smith has asked for his release at the end of the season.

Related: Jaguars Free Agents: Offense | Draft Profiles | Will the Jags trade for Smith?

The status of Smith going forward will be one for Jaguars fans to monitor, as it could have a big effect on the 2013 NFL Draft. If a team like the Kansas City Chiefs decide that Alex Smith is an option, it could mean the Jaguars have the first crack at drafting a quarterback like Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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The current belief is that the 49ers will attempt to trade Alex Smith in the offseason, but his contract makes that a little tricky. I detailed Smith's contract and trade status a while ago when it was believed that Greg Roman would wind up the Jaguars head coach, but the jist of the situation is that Smith is due a $1 million roster bonus in March and then if he's still on the roster in April, his full salary of $7.5 million becomes guaranteed.

All indications point to the 49ers likely releasing Alex Smith, but there is an outside shot they eat the $1 million roster bonus and try to dump him off to a team for a mid-late round pick.

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