Jay Glazer of Fox Sports confirmed what had been rumored at the NFL Scouting Combine last week – quarterback Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City.
Glazer reports that the San Francisco 49ers completed a deal that would send Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade. That trade cannot be completed until the new league year begins on March 12.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports the framework of the deal is San Francisco will get a Second round pick this year and a similar pick in the 2014 draft.
However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, who first reported the potential trade last week, writes that the expectation was for a third-or-fourth-round pick.
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Whatever that compensation, I think the trade is good news for the Seattle Seahawks, as they continue to listen to offers for a potential trade for backup quarterback Matt Flynn. The asking price for Flynn could be higher than initially anticipated.
Tony Pauline of USA Today has Seattle selecting Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree at No. 25 in his latest mock draft.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks’ needs this offseason. Offensive tackle again crops up as a need here for Seattle.
Danny Tuccitto of FootballOutsiders.com writes that defensive tackle is Seattle’s biggest offseason need in this look at the NFC West.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at John Schneider’s Day 3 picks in Seattle that have turned into first-round talents – Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and K.J. Wright.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes that Desmond Trufant was one of several defensive backs who made some money on the final day of on-field workouts at the combine.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic talks about the possibility of the Cardinals exploring a trade for San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle follows up on an ESPN report that the Oakland Raiders are interested in bringing in Mike Holmgren for a leadership role in their organization. Holmgren is familiar with Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie from his time in Green Bay. Holmgren, a San Francisco native, could possibly be used to help build support for a new stadium in Oakland.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports writes that Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is a sleeper prospect to watch for in this year’s draft.
Chris Sprow of ESPN takes an interesting look at why he does not believe the trend of running quarterbacks is here to stay. You must be an ESPN insider to view this.