Trade talk involving Alex Smith heating up
The 49ers can’t finalize a trade involving quarterback Alex Smith until March 12, but they reportedly feel confident about crossing that item off their offseason to-do list.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, the 49ers have told other teams that a deal is “effectively complete.” It is not known to whom the 49ers would trade Smith, or what they would net in return. It also isn’t known if the Niners are circulating a deal-is-all-but-complete talk to stimulate interest in the trade market. Finally, the 49ers or the mystery team could back out of a handshake deal at any time with start of the league year still more than two weeks away.
Two logical trade partners, the Jaguars and Browns, are not involved, according to reports from the Florida Times-Union and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Kansas City is viewed as another logical landing spot for Smith. Before the Super Bowl, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer, a former teammate and a close friend of Smith’s, told The Chronicle that new Chiefs coach Andy Reid “really likes Alex.” According to Dilfer, Reid, then with the Eagles, courted Smith when he was a free agent in 2012.
The Chiefs went 2-14 last year while Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, a pending free agent, each started eight games. The duo had eight touchdowns, 20 interceptions and posted a 63.9 passer rating. Kansas City has the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but is not expected to use it on a quarterback.
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