Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Latest on Alex Smith destinations
By Tim Kavanagh
Well, guess we can forget about pondering "other" Smith destinations; a deal is reportedly done.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Wednesday morning that a deal has been completed to send Smith to the Chiefs, and the report was confirmed by ESPN's John Clayton. The deal can't officially be transacted until March 12, but an agreement is apparently in place. We'll be back soon with more on the implications for San Francisco and K.C., as well as the other QB-needy franchises.
Though they've been posturing about keeping both Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith on their roster for 2013, the San Francisco 49ers are almost certainly going to trade Smith at some point this offseason; in fact, a report over the weekend alleged that a deal was already nearly in place. Subsequent reports have disputed the near finality of the Smith deal, but no one is disputing that a deal is way more likely than not. What remains to be determined, as well, is the destination to which Smith will be dealt.
Many believe the Kansas City Chiefs are the front-runners, and for good reason: they have a new HC, GM and are nearly bankrupt at the position. But there are other teams in the mix as well. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter checked in with some other possibilities in his weekly mailbag:
Adam SchefterSchefter's NFL Mailbag
"I do believe the Chiefs are the front-runner for Smith. I also think the Arizona Cardinals are staying on top of the situation. And it would make some sense for the Raiders or Minnesota Vikings to try to make a move as well. The one thing we do know is that the San Francisco 49ers have been pleased with the level of interest shown in Smith. They're going to be able to find a trade partner. Kansas City might just be the leader at this point, but San Francisco still is sifting through its options, trying to find the right deal. And it still has a couple more weeks before the new league year begins March 12 to make a decision."