The Cardinals are exploring the possibility of trading for 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. This according to an NFL source, but no deal is in place.

It’s unknown how serious the Cardinals are about trading for a quarterback for the second time in less than two years. But they are intrigued by Smith’s experience, intelligence and talents, according to the source.

They believe much of his struggles early in his career can be attributed to changes in coaches and offensive systems.

The Cardinals are looking into all options to improve production at the position. That includes bringing back Kevin Kolb at a reduced salary. It’s unknown if those discussions have started. They also are likely to draft a quarterback in the first three rounds.

The Cardinals traded for Kolb in the summer of 2011 and have paid him $20 million. He’s due a bonus of $2 million if he’s on the roster March 17 and his salary for this year is scheduled to be $9 million.

 

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