Wrongly shelved quarterback Alex Smith wants to be released by the 49ers and walk away from San Francisco


The guy with more tattoos than Henry Rollins took Smith’s job.

Rather than waiting to be traded in the offseason, wrongly shelved quarterback Alex Smith will reportedly request the San Francisco 49ers to release him before the start of free agency.

After getting concussed in November, 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh sandbagged the 28-year-old Smith and inserted Colin Kaepernick as the team’s permanent replacement under center.

The 6-foot-4, 217 pound Smith, whose inconsistencies and numerous shoulder injuries long made him a widely disrespected athlete throughout the Bay Area, finally flourished in “The Paris of the West” and led the 49ers to a 13-3 record in 2011.

Prior to getting shafted by Harbaugh, Smith, who was chosen by the 49ers out of the University of Utah with the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, had thrown 13 touchdowns, against five interceptions, for 1,731 yards and a 104.1 passer rating while guiding San Francisco to a 6-2 mark.

If the former Ute, who inked a three-year contract worth roughly $24 million with the 49ers last March, is freed from “Fog City,” Smith would be able to join any franchise he desires.

Conversely, Smith would sacrifice $8.5 million if his contract is traded.

Ultimately, whether shipped out of the Bay Area or allowed to walk, some fortunate organization will acquire a standout signal-caller in Alex Smith this spring.

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