San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke refused to tip his hand regarding the futures of either Alex Smith or Randy Moss during a press conference at the NFL scouting combine Thursday.
All signs point to Smith playing elsewhere in 2013, with Colin Kaepernick emerging as the 49ers' unquestioned starting quarterback during a Super Bowl run and Smith due $7.5 million (plus a $1 million roster bonus). If San Francisco cannot find a trade partner, Smith could wind up being released.
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But Baalke said that, for now, everything is on the table, including Smith's return.
"We're going to look at all options available," said Baalke of Smith, who posted a 6-2-1 record in 2012 before a concussion sidelined him. "Are we going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn't been decided."
The 49ers face a less complicated scenario with Moss. The 36-year-old receiver is set to be an unrestricted free agent, and he said during one of the pre-Super Bowl media swarms that he did not necessarily like his role in the 49ers' offense -- Moss made 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season.
Moss re-signing in San Francisco, then, does not appear to be a priority, especially with 49ers' 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins trying to carve out some playing time of his own.
"Randy's a pro, and I can't say enough good things about Randy," Baalke said. "And I think if you ask anyone within our organization, they would say the same thing. ...
"So, we're certainly happy that he was there. Is he going to return this year? I don't know that yet."
The 49ers entered the offseason an estimated $1.0 million over the projected salary cap, according to NFL.com. They have several pending free agents, aside from Moss, including safety Dashon Goldson, nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and fullback/tight end Delanie Walker.
Dealing or cutting Smith would provide the 49ers a lot more flexibility in their decisions moving forward. That would, however, likely put the 49ers in the market for a backup QB behind Kaepernick -- Scott Tolzien served as San Francisco's No. 3 quarterback in 2012.