Report: 49ers have a deal for Smith, Jags and Browns deny

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The 49ers made it sufficiently clear at the NFL Scouting Combine that they weren’t going to be giving quarterback Alex Smith away. And they may have already found a taker, or are at least spreading the word that they have in order to goose the market.

According to Jason LaCanfora of, the 49ers are telling other teams that a trade for Smith is “effectively complete,” even though it can’t be executed until the league year begins March 12. A trade being “effectively complete” two weeks before it can be done is the “mild concussion,” of medical diagnosis, in that it doesn’t really mean anything.

But it sparked a couple of the usual suspects to stick their heads out of the hole to deny, with the Jaguars closely followed by the Browns.

Jags GM Dave Caldwell told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Unionnot us,” via text.

Then a source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer it wasn’t the Browns either.

Speculation about landing spots for Smith centered on the Chiefs from the start, for several reasons.

One, they have a need for a solid quarterback to work with a roster that’s not bereft of offensive talent (especially if they franchise Dwayne Bowe). And without a quarterback worth using the No. 1 pick on, they can plug Smith in and be better immediately, lending some stability to a franchise that could use some.

But they make more sense than some of the other teams from a style standpoint. With Andy Reid bringing a West Coast system to Kansas City, Smith’s mobility and recent accuracy is more of a fit. The Browns under Rob Chudzinski/Norv Turner are going to want to throw downfield more, and there’s been little evidence thus far that Smith has the kind of arm to do that (especially in adverse conditions).

17 responses to “Report: 49ers have a deal for Smith, Jags and Browns deny

  1. I just got a text from my Brother(who has friends with close ties to Buffalo’s FO) that says the Bills were the team making a deal with SF for Smith. We won’t know for sure until teams are able to wheel n’ deal. Few more days…

  2. The browns throwing more? See this is why teams lime them don’t improve, its not about chucking down the field. The browns don’t have the WR core to throw more, they’re more of a balance and Richardson showers he can carry the load. Look how they faired last season in passing, a lot of picks, smith would be an upgrade to what they have now. Peyton manning proved that you don’t have to throw the deep balls to rack up the stats, its all about accuracy.

  3. KC wont deny the report, not because its them and they want Smith to be their guy…. Reid is trying to create leverage with Philly to drop the asking price for Foles

  4. I wish Alex the best if he is leaving. He was a very good teammate. I’m sure he agreed to go where they are sending him. I can’t imagine him vetoing a trade to a team where he can start. Kaep showed things on the field last year that Alex never could. Whichever team gets Smith will not be disappointed. He is not a pro-bowler but he will also not be the reason for many loses and the locker room will love him.

  5. Now is the time for Jerry Jones to make one of those drastic changes he promised if he thinks that team is ever going to win a couple of playoff games.

  6. Alex can trow the ball deep just ask Vernon davis over the last 4 season… Just go look at that saints game, or against the giants where 2 of his deep balls accounted for all of san frans offense while having 2 special team wr starting for him in the championship game, kyle Williams, brett swain…. Darin quit using talking points and actually watch the niners … Alex can get the ball Downfield….

  7. Smith’s been classy throughout his whole ordeal, I hope he lands on a good team. I just hope he doesn’t land on a bottom feeding team because when he fails (just like anyone else would with no support) all the haters are just going to pile on him for being a system QB (which is BS).

    Best of luck Alex.

  8. I don’t understand someone trading for him right now…Is he a good player? Yeah, he’s a solid QB, but not a franchise changer and if I were a GM and I wanted him, I’d wait for the 49ers to blink and cut him because you know they don’t want to pay him $8.5 million to sit on the bench…Why give up draft picks when you have a legitimate shot of just signing him

  9. Trading for him makes sense if you feel you could miss out on him on the open market.. That’s why. Especially if you are one of a couple of coaches like Reid for example who is expected to produce immediate improvement. Not gradual improvement

  10. I am surprised that Flynn is not more sought after than Smith. It took Smith playing on a Superbowl team to look “OK” – and not good enough to keep his starting job.

    I believe there to be more an upside to Flynn, as the few times he has played, Flynn has been spectacular. Flynn couldn’t win the starting position against Wilson, but really – who could?

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