Smith trade reportedly set but awaiting start of league year
The 49ers can’t finalize a trade involving quarterback Alex Smith until March 12, but they reportedly feel confident about crossing off that item from their to-do list for the offseason. According to CBS Sports, 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 is not known whether 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 the start of the league year 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 head 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 season. Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, a pending free agent, each started eight games. The duo had eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions and posted a 63.9 passer rating. Kansas City is not expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback.
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