By Eric Schmidt

It’s no secret that the quarterback position for the Arizona Cardinals needs help. The team has struggled to find a franchise quarterback since the retirement of Kurt Warner. Rumors have linked just about every possible quarterback on the free agent market to the Cardinals this offseason. Yesterday, it was speculated that Bruce Arians might be interested in bringing in Drew Stanton if he doesn’t re-sign with the Indianapolis Colts. Now, it appears that the Cardinals might also have San Francisco 49ers signal caller Alex Smith on their radar.

The Arizona Republic speculates that the Cardinals might be contemplating a trade for Smith. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on Thursday that it will be unlikely that the 49ers would release Smith outright, so a trade would have to be negotiated.

Would the Niners be open to a trade that sends Smith to a divisional rival? Intra-divisional trades are highly unusual but most recently, the Philadelphia Eagles sent Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. If no other team is interested in trading for Smith, the Niners might have no other option than shipping him within the division.

The Republic raises the prospect that the Cardinals might be gun shy about a trade because of the recent failure associated with the Kevin Kolb trade. I don’t think that trade will factor into their decision making process this year. Kevin Kolb was brought on board with a different coaching regime. Head coach Bruce Arians has a solid track record of working with quarterbacks and if he believes Smith is the answer, then Arizona should get the deal done.

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