Arizona’s O-Lineman Wants Alex Smith

Arizona Cardinals guard Adam Snyder used to play with Smith in San Francisco and would be down with a reunion in the desert. Snyder said that if he was asked, he’d tell the Cardinals that Smith has “unbelievable character” and is a leader whose benching didn’t make much sense.

Snyder said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “He was 19-5 (in the past two seasons) and had the best QB rating in the league and was doing his job to win games, you know? I don’t know. It was surprising to me. But, hey, they get paid to make those decisions, and that’s the decision they went with.”

The full $8.5 million Smith is owed for 2013 becomes guaranteed on April 1, something that could make teams hesitant to give up much of value when they know the 49ers will likely be releasing him before that happens to avoid being on the hook for that much to a backup quarterback.

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