March 3, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers have said they won't cut backup quarterback Alex Smith, but they are not opposed to trading him. In fact, the
49ers have now expressed to other teams that they "effectively" have a deal in
place for Smith, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The 49ers have expressed to others that a deal for QB Alex Smith is effectively complete. Can't be finalized til league year begins 3/12
- Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 24, 2013
Canfora notes that a trade can't officially be completed
until March 12, when the league year begins.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the club to reportedly express the most interest in Smith so far this offseason. The former No. 1
overall pick would appear to be a good fit as a potential stopgap or long-term
option in new head coach Andy Reid's West Coast system.
The 49ers have hinted at the fact that they are not opposed
to retaining Smith into the 2013 season, as they aren't going to cut him for
the sake of making a r