York Claims Niners Can Afford To Keep Alex Smith In 2013

Backup quarterback Alex Smith is scheduled next season to make $8.5 million, a figure 49ers CEO Jed York on Thursday said the 49ers can handle, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports.

“You figure out what’s best for guys, what’s best for the team,” York said. “And you figure out, is there a spot on the team for him from a cap standpoint? Yeah, absolutely, there’s a spot for him on the team.’

“From a need standpoint? It’s pretty nice to have two quarterbacks that you feel you can win with. Is there going to be a demand for a quarterback that’s played as well as he has the last couple of years? Yeah. Does he want want to go start and play? So there are a lot of things that go into it. And we’ll sit down after the Super Bowl and figure out what’s best for everybody and how to move forward.”

“I think Alex has said pretty clearly this week that he’s not asked to be released,” York said. “He’s not sure where those comments came from. He does want to play. And we’ll sit down and talk at the end of the year. What Alex wants right now is to go get a Super Bowl ring, whether he’s serving as a backup or whether he gets out there and plays. That’s what Alex is focused on.”

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