Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the San Francisco 49ers have “expressed” to other NFL teams that a trade for QB Alex Smith is “effectively complete.“
La Canfora mentions that a deal cannot be finalized until the new league, which starts on March 12. La Canfora adds that nothing’s official as of now, but other NFL teams believe it’s “effectively done.“
La Canfora lists the Chiefs and Jaguars as the two teams that make the most sense, but admits that this is speculation on his part.
Earlier reports indicated that the Chiefs were the most interested team in a possible deal for Smith, so they figure to be the favorites at this point. It’s hard to say whether or not this is an attempt to increase trade interest in Smith or if the 49ers really do have something in place and are being held up due to a formality. I’m sure we’ll hear more in the coming days.
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