So much for quarterback Alex Smith possibly coming to the desert.
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, ending speculation that the Arizona Cardinals may wind up with the veteran signal-caller in time for the 2013 NFL season. The trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year commences.
With Smith out of the picture, that leaves Arizona with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer on their quarterback depth chart. If Kolb is to return, he'll probably have to come at a reduced salary, and Skelton and Lindley certainly did not distinguish themselves last season. Let's face it, they were brutal. Hoyer played well in the season finale against San Francisco, but that was just a one-game sample.
With Smith on his way to play for new head coach Andy Reid of the Chiefs, does this increase the possibility that the Red Birds will draft a quarterback in the early rounds of April's NFL Draft? It's been widely reported that this is not a great quarterback class. There is no signal-caller that is considered to be an elite franchise quarterback, at least not for an immediate fix to a team's offense.
How will Bruce Arians and company addresses their quarterback situation now?
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