If Alex Smith's 49ers tenure comes to an end in the next few months, it won't be because his $8.5 million salary won't fit on the 49ers' books, team CEO Jed York said Thursday.

Smith's future was one of many topics York touched upon during an hourlong sit-down with Bay Area media.

And that future has been in doubt since Colin Kaepernick replaced him as the starting quarterback in November.

York outlined four areas worth considering, starting with whether there could be room for Smith under the projected $121 million salary cap. "Is there a spot on the team for him from a cap standpoint? Yeah, absolutely, there's a spot for him on the team," York said.

The other areas: how nice it is to have two winning quarterbacks, how much in demand Smith will be on the trade market and how strongly Smith wants to go start elsewhere. "We'll sit down after the Super Bowl and see what's best for everybody," York said.

Smith has disputed an Internet report from earlier this week that he wants to be released after the Super Bowl. On Thursday, Smith said he hasn't scouted out potential landing spots. "I've heard all the speculations of the teams and this and that, but I can do that next week," Smith said. "We're preparing to play and win a game, so I'm not thinking about it."