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Alex Smith reportedly on Arizona Cardinals' radar

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke acknowledged Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Alex Smithlikely will be shopped this offseason.

The Arizona Cardinals are emerging as one team interested in acquiring the 49ers' backup quarterback.

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According to The Arizona Republic, there are decision-makers within the Cardinals' organization who are high on Smith. While Smith could "make a beeline to Arizona" if released, Republic beat writer Kent Somers doubts the Cardinals will actively pursue a trade. Perhaps the Kevin Kolb debacle left a bad taste in the organization's mouth.

If the Cardinals do end up parlaying that interest into a trade offer, would the 49ers be willing to deal Smith to an NFC West rival?

Assuming Cardinals general manager Steve Keim makes the best offer, there shouldn't be a hangup. Niners coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman designed a scheme that took advantage of Smith's strengths. It doesn't take a leap of faith to believe Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio also could design a game plan to exploit Smith's weaknesses.

Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.

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