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“Little doubt” Alex Smith gets traded

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Though it’s unclear whether the 49ers have a deal in place — essentially, effectively, or otherwise — to trade quarterback Alex Smith to a new team, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT there’s “little doubt” a trade will happen.

The Chiefs have been the subject of the most speculation regarding a possible trade.  The Cardinals also have been mentioned as a potential destination.  And while the Packers in 2008 did everything they could to keep Brett Favre out of the division (including the use of a clause that would have pushed the bounty to a trio of first-round picks if he’d been traded to the Vikings, Bears, or Lions), other teams have traded quarterbacks within the same division, including the Eagles in 2010 (Donovan McNabb to the Redskins) and the Patriots in 2002 (Drew Bledsoe to the Bills).

The 49ers surely would like to get a deal done sooner rather than later.  On the third day of the 2013 league year, Smith is due to earn a $1 million roster bonus.  On April 1, the balance of his 2013 compensation becomes fully guaranteed.

A trade can be worked out at any time, in principle.  The deal can’t be finalized until the first day of the league year, on March 12.

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48 Responses to ““Little doubt” Alex Smith gets traded”
  1. jagsfanugh says: Feb 25, 2013 3:51 PM

    Cardinals? Chiefs? Jaguars? Jets? Anyone else lacking a qb?

  2. dumbolt says: Feb 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    valley of the sun

  3. time2speakup says: Feb 25, 2013 3:54 PM

    Would not surprise me at all if the Niners “eat” that million due on March 12 just to create anxiety in at least two teams to get Alex.

  4. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    Alex never had “field commander” type qualities. Very smart, but a tentative player with an average arm and a tendency to hold the ball too long. He and his wife love the Bay Area so it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him rejoin the Niners staff as a QB coach once his playing days are over.

    Classy, smart guy – just not a stud on the field. It was painful watching him for 8 years as the Niners season’s ended annually in late October before Harb’s came along.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Feb 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    When it comes to second tier QBs the Cardinals are everyone’s chump.

  6. skeebo80 says: Feb 25, 2013 3:58 PM

    Just let the man walk already

  7. trbowman says: Feb 25, 2013 3:58 PM

    This guy and Andy Reid is one thing.

    In what galaxy is he a fit with Bruce Arians? Arians loves to stretch the field deep. Well, good luck doing that with Alex Smith.

  8. landof10000lakes says: Feb 25, 2013 4:03 PM

    Bring him to Minnesota! I have my doubts that Ponder is the guy and we need to get it done while AD is still in his prime!

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 25, 2013 4:05 PM

    One team’s quarterback trash is the Chiefs’ treasure.

  10. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 25, 2013 4:05 PM

    But, but, but…I thought Jim Harbaugh really likes and wants this guy !!??

    He said so himself…

  11. blacknole08 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:06 PM

    Chiefs. Book it.

  12. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:07 PM

    Let’s see what foolish franchise surrenders high draft picks to get this game-manager.

  13. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 25, 2013 4:08 PM

    Alex Smith to the Jets for Darrell Reviz

  14. firerogergoodell says: Feb 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    Vikings maybe? I think I’d rather keep the draft pick though.

  15. jbaxt says: Feb 25, 2013 4:11 PM

    Go Chiefs, with a QB they might be able to get a WC spot. 5 defensive pro-bowlers, Charles, and a decent o-line is a pretty good starting point.

  16. salventuri says: Feb 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    Alex Smith is not a great QB by any stretch of the imagination. He’s just a middle of the road guy, nothing special. Whoever gets him might be somewhat disappointed half-way through the season.

  17. deltaoracle says: Feb 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    Ha! I was going to say “Don’t forget about the Vikings” just to be snide, but I see one of their fans was desperate enough to beat me to it! Ready to trade up from a Gremlin to a Dart, I love it!

  18. steelerben says: Feb 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    Buffalo would make a lot of sense. Bring in Alex Smith and then draft Ryan Nassib. Alex gets one or two seasons as a starter and mentor for Nassib and then you get your face of the franchise going forward, when he is ready instead of throwing him directly to the wolves. The new coach runs more of a West Coast concept that focuses on accurate short passing, which is Smith’s niche, and there is a dynamic running game.

    Arian’s offense is entirely too stretch the field, Andy Reid relies heavily on deep crossing routes where you have to hold the ball for a long time, Cleveland is going to do who-know-what with Chud, and Jacksonville isn’t where anyone with options ends up.

  19. dirtysouthniner says: Feb 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    He’s still better than half the NFL starters right now.. Alex is in the 11-15 range even though he has the stats when the niners threw. If kc picks a Lt,Alex smith and franchises Bowe there offense could be vastly improved!!

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2013 4:24 PM

    Alex inherits Kyle Orton’s “no respect” mantle. Since Orton passed away a couple of years ago. I think.

  21. timpaz says: Feb 25, 2013 4:24 PM

    Would fit nicely here in Arizona.

  22. vikefan says: Feb 25, 2013 4:24 PM

    Bring him to Minnesota! I have my doubts that Ponder is the guy and we need to get it done while AD is still in his prime!
    ——————————————————-
    we dont need another ponder type on this team, we already have 2 1/2 of em…..smith is no better than ponder for long term success, just maybe slightly better between the ears

  23. scrp2 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    Clipboard or the Jets? Clipboard.

  24. kluuuuuuuuug says: Feb 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    It’s been awhile now, but “bounty” used in any NFL story seems a bit out of place.

  25. txndave says: Feb 25, 2013 4:27 PM

    We’ll give you Schaub straight up for him…

    Hopeful Texans fan.

  26. randallflagg52 says: Feb 25, 2013 4:27 PM

    K.C. makes the most sense. That team is very talented outside of the QB position. They become a playoff team with even a slightly competent QB under center, especially in the AFC Worst.

  27. cypressballs says: Feb 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Montana, Bono, Grbac. No more 49er washed ups in KC

  28. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Feb 25, 2013 4:48 PM

    Thank you for this article; I no longer want him on my team. At first I was in love with how quickly he gets rid of the ball, but I totally forgot about that Bledsoe Debacle. I’d rather gamble on Nassib at that point, let alone Smith…

    ~~Bills fan

  29. fckdaigglez says: Feb 25, 2013 4:51 PM

    Orton is living and well as a back up to Romo in Dallas (for the guy who apparently doesn’t keep up with football that much) Also the way the 49ers did Alex is pathetic, Jim you are a complete tool and a joke! Now release the kid and let him play for a team that will show him some damn respect!

  30. hawkforlife says: Feb 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    Smith for Tebow, straight up.

  31. ripster65 says: Feb 25, 2013 5:44 PM

    3rd story today on Alex Smith and still no news…*yawn*

  32. jjackwagon says: Feb 25, 2013 5:48 PM

    If he likes the SF area so much, he could move across the Bay, that other team could use a good QB.

  33. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 25, 2013 6:03 PM

    I’d like to see him in Cleveland with Norv Turner mentoring Weeden

  34. bluewalrus2 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    fckdaigglez, you’re an idiot. Hating on Harbaugh is getting old. You $hit in your pants if he was your team’s coach. By the way, Alex sucked for years, the Niners don’t owe him nothing.

  35. mjkelly77 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    I’d make it backfire on hairbough. Smith should just let the other teams know that he refuses to be traded. Smith is too expensive for the 49ers to pay as a backup. They’ll have to cut him. Then Smith will be free to kick whiner hairbough’s wide a$$ and sign wherever he wishes.

  36. jikkle49 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:46 PM

    He’s a quality starter in the right system. You’re not making him the franchise but given a good defense to back him up and some weapons to work with he’ll make sure to not throw untimely and stupid INTs and he’ll keep the chains moving and eat up the clock.

    If I’m a team that needs a QB and isn’t running an air it out downfield kind of offense I would give a 3rd for him and let him buy you a couple of years until you get the right guy ready to take over.

  37. JSpicoli says: Feb 25, 2013 6:47 PM

    Ill believe it when I see it.

    This is a poker game people. If it was a sure thing, it would already be done

  38. dolphins4 says: Feb 25, 2013 6:55 PM

    The Chiefs should trade for him and Nick Foles and then develop Foles under him.

  39. theuglitruth says: Feb 25, 2013 7:06 PM

    I’m sure the Chiefs are in it….and the 49ers would like everyone to “think” there’s another team…but I can’t buy the Cardinals as one of them.

  40. gator2006 says: Feb 25, 2013 7:29 PM

    Last year’s QB hype: Peyton Manning. This year’s: Alex Smith.

  41. cbalboavt says: Feb 25, 2013 7:40 PM

    No sh!t Sherlock. A monkey with tambourines could tell you that one…

  42. bengals3285 says: Feb 25, 2013 8:29 PM

    All the Alex smith haters seem to have forgotten that he had the highest QBR in the league till he got knocked out half way through the season

  43. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 25, 2013 8:37 PM

    Alex smith is too classy to be part of that organization anyway.

  44. bluewalrus2 says: Feb 25, 2013 9:19 PM

    Like the Lions are full of class. Shut the hell up lions draft guy.

  45. dtlb58 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:21 AM

    I’ve been a Chiefs fan for 39 years. I do not want Alex Smith as a QB. Harbaugh got the most out of him as possible, so we know what his ceiling is, he isn’t
    going any higher.
    I’d rather they trade for Foles and or draft Geno or Barkley.
    The Chiefs need 3 new QB’s to start the season, but Alex Smith should not be one of them, to me, without Harbaugh this guy is not much better than Cassel.

  46. nelly837 says: Feb 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs end up with Alex Smith and work a deal with the Eagles to get Nick Foles. I can see the Chiefs trading their #1 for the Eagles #1 and Foles. With the quality of OL draftees coming in the Chiefs wouldn’t be taking to big a risk passing on Joeckl and taking another OL. Plus they can sign both Smith and Foles for the same price it would take to sign a quality high draft pick QB.

  47. ksgant199018 says: Feb 26, 2013 7:57 PM

    Hey dtlb5 go research the QB out of duke I think you will like what you see and why do you say 3 QBs we have Stanzi dont you think we should see what he can do his winning % was better then Geno Smith and Stanzi won every bowl game he played in the pressure doesnt get to him eveytime at Iowa when the pressure got on him he got better he went 29-9 that includes winning all 3 bowl games he took Iowa to and his soph yr he thru 4 INTs at michigan in the 1st 3 quaters and then in the 4th he brought Iowa from behind with his arm I dont know if he will make a great or even a good NFL QB but we should see what he can do before we overdraft a QB or give away the farm for some other teams back up

  48. ksgant199018 says: Feb 26, 2013 7:58 PM

    Go watch film on Geno Smith when the pressure got on him he choked everytime and folded like a old rag

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