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Report: Niners have deal in place to trade Alex Smith

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07:17 AM ET 02.25 | There is going to be at least one significant trade this offseason. This much we know. The San Francisco 49ers will trade Alex Smith, and, according to league sources, the deal has effectively already been agreed to. No trades can be official until the league year begins March 12, so nothing can be finalized now, but sources said the two teams involved have the key terms in place at this point, and will finalize it down the road. At this point, I don't know the identity of the other team involved, but the 49ers have made it clear they are moving Smith and he will not be a part of the team this year.

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February 25, 2013  07:52 AM ET

I just hope no team gives up higher than a 4th for a game manager then again, can't blame it if they do thanks to the Raiders for giving up a couple of first for a past the prime QB.

February 25, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Alex Smith will return to what he was before Jim Harbaugh got there. Harbaugh is to Smith what Andy Reid was to Kevin Kolb. Smith and Kolb will look pretty much the same.

February 25, 2013  08:27 AM ET
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I just hope no team gives up higher than a 4th for a game manager then again, can't blame it if they do thanks to the Raiders for giving up a couple of first for a past the prime QB.

Smith is lucky that the Raiders have already given up so many picks that they don't have as much to deal with. He's probably not going to Oakland.

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February 25, 2013  08:36 AM ET

There has been a lot of speculation on where Smith will be traded to and for how much. It will be very interesting to see which one of us "experts" will be the closest. Andy Reid has a history of being a wheeler-dealer at the QB position, so I'm sticking with KC. Harder to tell what he'll go for, but I'll guess KC's third and fourth round picks, although if I'm SF, I'd really try to pry their second away from them.

February 25, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Getting KC's second pick (34th pick) would be a big win for the Niners. Then the Chiefs can have dueling backups (Cassel, Smith and possibly Brady Quinn) duking it out for the honor and privilege of leading the team to another non-playoff season while stocking the Pro Bowl with anywhere from 5-7 players.

February 25, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Alex Smith will return to what he was before Jim Harbaugh got there. Harbaugh is to Smith what Andy Reid was to Kevin Kolb. Smith and Kolb will look pretty much the same.

Looks like Smith will be to Reid whatever he was or will be. KC franchise seems like a flailing carp. First, broke down coach, now a brokedown Qb. (Smith worked at all because of Harbaugh.)

February 25, 2013  10:01 AM ET

This is shocking. Just last week Harbaugh said how great it was to have such a strong QB tandem and just a few weeks ago about what a great job he did mentoring Colin Kaperwhatshisname.

February 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Alex Smith will return to what he was before Jim Harbaugh got there. Harbaugh is to Smith what Andy Reid was to Kevin Kolb. Smith and Kolb will look pretty much the same.

After watching Kolb week after suffering week, Smith will never be that bad, can't agree.

February 25, 2013  10:09 AM ET

KC is a good destination for Smith. And Tebow to the Jags would be entertaining, good or bad.

February 25, 2013  10:10 AM ET

GOOD LUCK TO YOU MR. SMITH.....

February 25, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Trade Alex Smith for Revis and Tebow. That would work.

February 25, 2013  11:32 AM ET

I'm thinking Cleveland. Hate if for him.

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February 25, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Goodbye Mr. Smith....

February 25, 2013  11:54 AM ET
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KC is a good destination for Smith. And Tebow to the Jags would be entertaining, good or bad.

The only other sane possibilities are the Browns and Bills

February 25, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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Tebow in San Fran? Can you imagine all the praying he'd have to do?!

I can see it now danny
Repent Sinners

February 25, 2013  11:58 AM ET
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Tebow in San Fran? Can you imagine all the praying he'd have to do?!

A man crush for Tebow in SF. Chilling.

February 25, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Like I said before, teams started inquiring about trading for Smith right after Harbaugh confirmed that Kaepernick would be his QB of the future. Teams were putting together their offers back when the regular season ended.

Why do teams believe in Smith? Well Harbaugh told them Luck would be a good pro when Luck was still a Freshman in college, they noticed that he traded up to grab Kaepernick, people have seen how Alex Smith has improved every aspect of his game, so if Harbaugh is giving Smith 2 thumbs up I think other teams respect his judgement.

Like I said before the thing that gave away that a Smith trade was nearing agreement was when Trent Baalke had dinner with Alex Smith and Alex's wife. He told Smith about the teams that had made offers, and then told Smith which teams the 49ers were considering, then he asked Alex and his wife which teams they preferred to be traded to, Baalke probably gave Smith the OK to have discussions with certain teams owners, GM's and coaches.

 
February 25, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Trade Alex Smith for Revis and Tebow. That would work.

That would work if Revis considers coming down a few million dollars in his fantasy contract. As far as Tebow is concerned, he would need to give up on the idea of becoming a starting QB in the NFL.

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