NFL Rumor: Unknown team has trade in place for Alex Smith

Combine news was all over Twitter during the daytime on Sunday, but then CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora just recently dropped this quarterback news-bomb on the world:

With Colin Kaepernick fully entrenched as San Francisco’s long-term starter, it’s certainly logical why Alex Smith’s name has been all over the rumor mill thus far this offseason. The former Utah Utes star who turns 29 years old in May was a solid yet unspectacular starter for the 49ers for the vast majority of time since being the No. 1 overall pick in 2005. But he has a lot of NFL experience and many teams might consider him a safer option than utilizing an early draft pick on a QB.

Previously today, we saw the reported rumors from that the Kansas City Chiefs were indeed very interested in Smith — along with drafting OT Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Ian Rapoport wrote: “But word is starting to leak of their interest in the San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback. At this point, based on what I’m hearing, Kansas City has shown more interest than anyone else in dealing for a quarterback who could step in and start from Day 1 while the rest of the franchise is rebuilt.”

Also this week in Smith news, the 49ers publicly declared that they would be unlikely to release the quarterback outright. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith would either be traded or remain with the team throughout the offseason, and only if no suitable trading partner was found, would then he potentially be released.

For now, the Browns are likely in the next tier of possible contenders for Smith’s long-term services. The Chiefs are probably the odds-on favorite for the team that La Canfora was referring to, with the Jaguars and Browns among several teams that also could be on the large overall list of teams with quarterback needs.

Update at 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran, who was just on his way back from Indianapolis and the combine, tweeted out this bit moments ago. He reports the Jags are not the team with this deal in place:

Update at 7:55 p.m. Sunday: Mary Kay Cabot has the latest on the Cleveland side of things. According to her source, the Browns are not this team.

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  • mgbode

    Andy Reid. You just placed your bet. Chips in the middle with Alex Smith. Will be interesting to see him away from that SF OL and Harbaugh’s schemes.

  • Kyle Brannan

    There might be a deal in place, but a lot can happened between now and March 12th

  • @TheDeePagel

    You just used “Chips” in a reference about a rumored “done deal”….Haven’t we learned anything over the past month and a half?

  • Kildawg

    What would really be ironic (and funny) is that Philadelphia has the deal in place. Smith and Chips in City of Brotherly Love, anybody?

  • Kildawg

    What would really be ironic (and funny) is that Philadelphia has the deal in place. Smith and Chips in City of Brotherly Love, anybody?

  • TSR3000

    Whew. Not us.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    Can’t imagine the league is very happy about this leak.

  • Jaker

    You’re right, this could be a move to drive up the price

  • ThatAlex

    All signs point to the Chiefs…and it makes a lot of sense.
    Doubt they’re going to trot out Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for another year.

  • mgbode

    I actually used it in reference to the fact that Chip was replacing him in Philly, but I like your way better.

  • maxfnmloans

    because everything in the NFL is so transparent and forthright. Uh-huh…believe it when I see it. Wasn’t only 2 or 3 days ago that the Chiefs were working on a trade for Nick Foles?

    And what would we do without MKC trolling twitter for us and citing unnamed “sources”? I have a source too…he restocks the executive bathrooms at 76 Lou Groza Drive. He heard Miss Lippi drives a green car.

  • BenRM

    Amen. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Alex Smith is really pretty standard as far as QBs go. He is not some mega-cyber-savior like it seems he is being treated.

  • Garry_Owen

    A team known only to God . . .

  • mgbode

    and Andy Reid. Because in noone’s world are those two the same.