Baalke had 'great conversation' with Alex Smith following Super Bowl
Trent Baalke: "He expressed his feelings and I expressed our feelings, and that's as far as I'm going to take it." (AP)
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INDIANAPOLIS -- General manager Trent Baalke had dinner with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and his wife, Liz, after the Super Bowl to discuss the future.
The 49ers will likely seek to trade Smith after the NFL trade window opens on March 12. If Smith is still on the 49ers' roster on April 1, the 49ers must guarantee his base salary of $7.5 million. Smith is scheduled to make an additional $1 million in a roster bonus.
"We're going to look at all options available," Baalke said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Are you going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn't been decided."
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Smith was off to the best start of his eight-year NFL career before he sustained a concussion and never regained his starting job from second-year player Colin Kaepernick. Smith completed 70.4 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine starts. His passer rating was 104.1.
"I had dinner with Alex and Liz when we got back from the Super Bowl," Baalke said. "And had a great conversation with them. And he expressed his feelings and I expressed our feelings, and that's as far as I'm going to take it.
"There's no timetable put on making a decision, one way or the other," Baalke said. "Obviously, we want to do what's in the best interest of both parties. And I think we are very much on the same page. The discussion we had was a private discussion."
Baalke said the topic of Smith playing in the NFC West, potentially for the Arizona Cardinals, was not discussed.