In response to ClarkGriswold's comment:
In response to NoMorePensionLooting's comment:
San Fran will try to make a quick deal before Smith is due a large chunk of cash. Smith has more value than Mallett so what Smith is traded for will be a barometer for Malletts worth.
Smith has more value to a team that is 1-2 years away from making a run.
Mallett has more value to a team that knows it's 3 years off. His price tag alone supports that.
Once someone acquires Smith, you're looking at an extension in the 10 million dollar per year range.
Honestly, the new GM acquires Alex Smith for Chicago, for example, they have a couple good drafts, keep their younger players, let their old ones go, Cutler is gone after 2013 as predicted, and there's you in your prime QB who doesn't make moron mistakes or turn it over. Hand it off to Forte and improve that O Line.
I don't understand how you can praise this guy so much for a former #1 overall pick. He was horrible until Harbaugh got there. Hell, even Mark Sanchez led the Jets deep in the playoffs when their defense and running game were top notch.