Alex Smith now connected to Arizona Cardinals QB position

Brian Bahr

Alex Smith, now benched in San Francisco, could be an intriguing option at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.

The Arizona Cardinals have struggled mightily on offense this season, with the revolving door at quarterback playing a major role in those woes. Currently, Arizona is starting rookie Ryan Lindley after injuries to Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, with Lindley tossing four interceptions in his NFL debut last weekend.

The problems at quarterback make Arizona a likely destination spot for potential QBs on the move this offseason, with one such possibility the now-benched Alex Smith in San Francisco. ESPN's "Mike and Mike" threw about the notion of Smith under center in Arizona, via Arizona Sports:

"Arizona has a playoff-caliber defense, they have some parts on offense, they have as bad a quarterback situation as there is in the league," said ESPN's Mike Greenberg. "If you're Ken Whisenhunt, are you calling Michael Vick or are you calling Alex Smith?"

Before suffering a concussion and losing his job to second-year man Colin Kaepernick, Smith was having a strong campaign for the 49ers, completing 70 percent of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions, good for a 104.1 quarterback rating. In comparison, Lindley threw four picks just in last week's 31-17 Arizona loss to the St. Louis Rams.

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