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Alex Smith To Seek Release From 49ers Prior To Open Of Free Agency

Jan 28, 2013 1:17 PM EST

Alex Smith is expected to seek his release from the San Francisco 49ers prior to the beginning of free agent, according to a source.

Smith would be free to sign with any team, but he would lose the $8.5 million per season he would earn if traded.

Smith's contract would be guaranteed in full on April 1.

Via Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk