Well, it seems as though the Alex Smith Era in San Francisco is nearly over. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft was diagnosed with a broken bone in his right shoulder today, according to ESPN.com, putting him out for the season and making him likely to be cut by the Niners in the off-season.
Smith was place on injured reserve, ending a season in which many had expected Smith to start at quarterback in Mike Martz’s first season as the Niners offensive coordinator.
Dr. James Andrews, who has performed surgery on Smith in the past, confirmed the team’s diagnosis of Smith’s broken shoulder.
Smith still has $24.6 million left on his contract over the next two seasons, so it’s likely the Niners won’t want to pay that exorbitant salary for a quarterback who won’t even play. It seems like ages ago that Smith was coming off a 2,890 yard, 16 touchdown campaign that showed his promise. That was in 2006, when Norv Turner captained the offensive coordinator chair for the Niners.
Jamie Martin, who worked with Martz in St. Louis from 2001-04, was signed by the Niners to presumably take over as the third-string quarterback.