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Alex Smith Trade Not Done, According To New Report


Every time someone breaks a big NFL story you can always bet that a few other reporters will soon rush to refute that story quoting a source of their own.

Yesterday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that a deal for 49ers QB Alex Smith was “effectively complete.”

La Canfora’s report seemed to be supported by other reports, one from Ian Rapopport of NFL.com that said the Chiefs were the team most interested in Smith and another later from Gregg Rosenthal, also of NFL.com, that claimed everywhere he went at the NFL Combine, he was hearing that Alex Smith to the Chiefs was all but a done deal.

Well now we have our first report refuting the La Canfora report.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is reporting that a source told him that no deal for Alex Smith is in place and that the 49ers are still shopping the former No. 1 overall pick.

Barrow’s could be right here and the entire La Canfora report could just be a smoke-screen by the 49ers to drive up the market for Smith.

It all comes down to who you think has the best sources. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports or Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Somebody is reporting some misinformation. It will be interesting to see if La Canfora responds to Barrow’s report.

Either way, we likely won’t find anything concrete out until March 12th when the 2013 league year starts and free agency officially begins.

Who do you believe?

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  • Ehud

    I believe that any report about a trade being “essentially done” before March 12th (whether true or not) can be used to drive up the price and so should be treated as a smokescreen.

    • john

      Why? They can make the deal anytime they want, they just can’t announce and execute it. It’s not like it’s collusion or the Chiefs are talking with a player under contract….they’re dealing with the team, which is half of what the combine is all about.

      • Ehud

        They can agree to terms but nothing is official until March 12th. Until the paperwork has been filed and agreed to, SF will be looking for the best deal possible. I just hope it isn’t the Chiefs.

  • Scott Mahurin

    I think the Chiefs would be stupid to give up a pick (or two) then have to pay Alex Smith $7.5M a year. His numbers are essentially Matt Cassel’s. The descriptions applied to both: “Game Manager” and “weak arm.” Not saying the Chiefs aren’t interested…just saying they can wait til SF cuts him…because they’re NOT paying A. S. $7.5M to be a backup.

    • Brody Hall

      Smith is a lot better than cassel man.

      • superman_25_58

        No he isn’t he just had the more complete team and Qb guru coach that helped him succeed.

  • john

    I believe there is a good possibility that they do indeed have a deal “in place”. Everyone who even remotely follows the NFL knows the Chiefs are desperate for a QB, and that SF does not want to pay about 9 million for their back-up, so it would make perfect sense.
    I have no problem with the trade, depending on what the Chiefs give up….hopefully no more than their fourth round pick.
    They will then, HOPEFULLY, draft the best “potential” QB on the board with their second pick.