Monday, February 25, 2013
Closing in on Alex Smith trade?
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: Maybe hold off on buying that Alex Smith jersey with his new team.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee has been told that there is currently no deal in place to send Smith to another team, contrary to the report from CBS Sports from Sunday. The fact remains that we'll be seeing a lot of this back-and-forth until something concrete actually happens, so remember to pause if something sounds a little too forward (as the Smith report did on Sunday).
Another big domino in the NFL's offseason QB game may be falling in the near future. Based upon a growing corroboration of reports from a variety of sources, it appears that the San Francisco 49ers are nearing a deal to send backup QB Alex Smith to a new NFL home.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has reported that of all the teams suspected to be interested in Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs are the club that seem to be the most intent on trading for him. Furthermore, the 49ers spent some time at the combine putting together the fundamentals of what they'd like in return for Smith.
On Sunday evening, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports pushed things a step further, tweeting that the 49ers have been informing people that a deal for Smith is "effectively complete." It's important to note that no other NFL reporter has reported anything similar at this time, but we aim to pass along anything that's out there. That said, take this with a grain of salt.
A deal cannot officially be transacted until the start of the league year on March 12, so the final word won't come until then. However, it appears that something is definitely cooking.