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Morning Tailgate: Offseason Trade Talk

Posted by Alex Espinoza on February 25, 2013 – 11:14 AM

Alex Smith played a huge role in San Francisco’s Super Bowl run in 2012, posting a 6-2-1 record as the 49ers starter through the first 10 weeks of the season. But with the emergence of Colin Kaepernick in the second half of the season, many are wondering what the future holds for the 49ers quarterback situation.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com helped fuel the latest round of speculation, as he cited league sources who said the 49ers have a tentative agreement to trade Smith to another team once the league year starts on March 12.

“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,” La Canfora wrote. “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.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate wraps up weekend headlines from the NFL Scouting Combine and more.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote that the attention around Alex Smith won’t slow down until March 12.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle highlighted the speedy wide receivers in this year’s draft class.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Cal wideout Keenan Allen was interviewed by the 49ers.

Maiocco examined the possibilities for the No. 1 overall pick in April’s Draft.

Branch looked at the defensive line prospects at the combine.

Maiocco passed along comments from Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy about defending Colin Kaepernick.

Maiocco cited league sources who claim the 49ers likely won’t use the franchise tag on Dashon Goldson for the second straight year.



Donte Whitner keeps on working.

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44 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Offseason Trade Talk”

  1. By tanglung on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply


  2. By tanglung on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    I’m hearing that Alex is going to Kansas City. Pack your bags Alex followers. Your going to Kansas….

  3. By DaveLanders on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    I hate to see Alex go,but Kaepernick seems to be the Niners future. Wishing Alex continued success wherever he may go.

  4. By Hermie on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    I have heard the Chiefs or Browns…there was one other team that slips my mind right now!!

  5. By NotoriousPIG on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    KC is in Missouri, dummy.

  6. By bow53 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    freaking server…….wasting my time…..

  7. By eastcoast9ersfan on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    I read today that it was between KC,Ari or NYJ.

    If it is the Jets,I hope the 9ers get darrelle Revis!

  8. By bow53 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    revis is a looooooooooooooooooooong shot……….think about the salary cap…..we need to resign some of r own guys too…..

  9. By Ladybug on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Alex has been loyal and gracious, no matter what fate has thrown at him these past years. It would be nice if he would agree to be a back-up quarterback for the Niners, since he now knows the system….going to another team he will have learn their way of doing things, which is the way his life as a quarterback has been going for the pasts 7-8 years.
    Whatever happens, best to you Alex. You have had your supporters, so don’t think EVERYONE was critical of you…you did good those first 10 games last year.
    But to be honest, CK is the wave of the future and these hard decisions had to be made.

  10. By johninchina on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    tag Delanie Walker and offer Goldson 5 years @ 7.5m per – he’s earned his contract, and let’s beef up our D line with power and speed ! 49ers will prevail in the West !

  11. By bow53 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    i rid on nfl.com that alex has a done deal w/some other team, but won’t mention where ?? until the open of FA, i wish him all the luck in this world, been w/the niners fr. thick to thin, as a fan i do appreciate that, but then again i have to embrace the future, its the “KAEP SHOW NOW BABY!!!!!!he has a wider vision than alex in my opinion, i trully believe CK7 is gunna lead as to the promise land(SB) some how.. someday….

  12. By sextape on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    If Alex goes to KC, this would be history repeating itself once again. Of course I’m talking about how Montana got injured and Young took over his spot.

    And you know the NFL schedulers will have the Niners playing in KC on a Monday Night game or a Thanksgiving Day game too.

    Should make for an interesting season.

  13. By dave g. on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    My vote goes for somehow landing CB Sean Smith (6’3″ over 210lbs) and/or maybe CB Nnamdi Asomugha (6’2″ over 210lbs) if not Revis.

    We really need some shutdown coners! Our secondary really got exposed down the stretch.

  14. By tanglung on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Kaepernick and his 49ERS….

  15. By 11yearswithalex on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Wow really Alex 5 days before the superbowl said …i want to be released and made a huge stink just as we were prepping for the big game and obviously did not help any direing the game ….so off to sink another team for 6 years or so alex and by the way he has never gotten better than when he came here. blah blah the coordinators …….they dont help you be a good football player …they just tell you the best place to throw the ball …and all of em said hey alex throw down field and he said ummmm no …and they got canned ….alex wasted all these years we could have done anything accept for wait for him to leave …….by hack and take his name off the twitter page ……..please

  16. By bow53 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    is there any pest control in the house??????

  17. By benny hernandez on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    We should sign Sean Smth and Revis.Money is no object.The NYgiants are 21million over the cap.They won two super bowls in a span of less than five yrs.You simply can not put a value on the Lombardi Throphy.It is priceless.That is why the Giants paid lots of money to win ,That is why Mr.DeBartolo paid the so much money to win,That is why Jerry Jones paid Dion 35million to win a super bowl,That is why Dan Synder pays so much money because he wants a super bowl win.You want to win? Pay the players that will get you there!!

  18. By hmrhead1 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Our secondary is fine! All secondaries look bad when the opposing qb is given 5-6 seconds in the pocket. We need qb pressure. Our whole defense shouldnt falter when one guy goes down. The very same corners were “elite” prior to Justin’s departure.

  19. By goreisabeast on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    What team’s defense is good primarily because of their CORNERS? What team’s defense is good primarily because of their SAFETIES? What team’s defense is good primarily because of their D-LINE? I would like to see us strongly pursue D-Lineman and add some competition for our safeties. I think our corners can be efficient with better pressure up front………….as it goes for any team.

  20. By 11yearswithalex on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    YES MORE PRESSURE ….we need a big mauler at nose to push the line and make spots for our other guys to punch in and sack …sack …sack

  21. By phatalerror on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    “Alex has been loyal and gracious, no matter what fate has thrown at him these past years. It would be nice if he would agree to be a back-up quarterback for the Niners, since he now knows the system.”

    It made me sick to read this. His loyalty and graciousness [and quality play] should have been repaid with being able to finish his season last year. Instead his forthrightness with regard to his concussion has forced him to choose between throwing away the best years of his career on a another dysfunctional franchise or playing second-fiddle to a quarterback who will never lose his job to Smith no matter how badly he plays.

    I never respected Eli Manning or John Elway for dodging drafting by the Chargers/Colts. They never had to endure the heartache of playing for a truly directionless franchise. Alex Smith had all of the talent to deserve a number one overall draft pick, graciously accepted the baggage that came with the tag, and went to the Conference Championship the very first year that the 49ers’ front-office had finally got their act together. It was a long seven years. The eighth year was longer than all seven of those put together, because that was supposed to be Alex’s year.

    The Super Bowl victories of Eli Manning and John Elway all but erased the tarnish of their draft day snubs. Alex Smith on the other hand may very well end up getting traded to yet another dysfunctional franchise as a reward for his being “a good soldier”.

    It’s the saddest non-career ending injury story in the NFL’s history, and a grosser black mark on the 49ers’ organization than the Montana-Young situation ever was. Montana got his Super Bowls in a decade of playing for a well-coached 49ers team with more talent than Smith had for most of his years, while Young inherited almost everything that was good about the Montana team. Smith’s situation was entirely different, and yet the situation begins and ends with the average fan making a direct comparison between what the three quarterbacks accomplished without that historical context and judging Smith as deserving of this ignominious jettisoning. They couldn’t be more unfair. Or ungrateful. Because if Smith wasn’t around in 2011, there would have been no one to help mentor Kaepernick. There would have been no Championship run in 2011. And there might not have been one in 2012, either.

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    yeah yeah you all said payton manning would be out of football after the first hit ……how did that go for ya

  23. By CaseyBeggs on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    I have always been a big supporter of Alex and I wish him nothing but the best. He deserves to start somewhere and I am sure wherever he goes will be happy they traded for him

  24. By tanglung on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply


  25. By mfkram64 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    blahblahblah..if smith goes to the chiefs they r far from dysfunctional…good head coach in reid..awesome rb..charles and wr bowe.. he should light it up with these guys if he is has good as u say…more blahblahblah…if it wasn’t for alex 2011 this and that and 2012 if alex this and that…blahblahblah….go root for kc

  26. By JParker on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    KC fans will have no regrets with Alex as their starting QB. He is a great west coast offense quarterback and they will get him will all the bugs removed. He is seasoned and ready to go.

  27. By Iggy on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    49ers QB going to KC… I’ve heard that before… Montana, Grbac, now Smith… Do they get a discount for being good customers?

  28. By phatalerror on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    I respect Andy Reid as a coach, and believe that with him and a solid starting quarterback the Chiefs become instant contenders for a 2013 wild card berth (though the Broncos are far and away a better team). However, Bowe is not a great receiver. His production is a consequence of being targeted often by poor quarterbacks. He drops far too many throws. In fact, the Kansas City receiver corps is simply underdeveloped. Tony Moeaki at tight end? I can’t even remember the name of their number two receiver (Jon Baldwin; I had to look it up). They have been built as a run-first offense because they were so weak at quarterback and financially committed to Matt [C.] up until last year.

    Teams win playoffs, and Smith’s skill set and persistence warranted him playing for a team that could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. When a player struggles through all of the trash that comes with being drafted First Overall, they should not at the cusp of the opportunity to win a Super Bowl be sent packing to the team due to receive the First Overall draft pick. It will take the Chiefs a couple years to benefit from having a good coach because there is so much to rebuild. By then, will Alex Smith be mentoring another quarterback? Will Smith be replaced by a cap-conscious coach who wants ‘his quarterback’ in the game?

    The whole situation is patently unjust.

  29. By dave g. on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Why is Phatablahblah so boring and whiny? Dude…we not going to get the 1st overall pick for Alex. Are you kidding? I like Alex but come on. This is a business. We trying to get better and KC is trying to get better. It works for both sides.

  30. By dave g. on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    There are people on here talking about football who have no clue.

  31. By tanglung on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    THE 49ERS

  32. By dave g. on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    There are people on here in denial if they seriously don’t think secondary was an issue last year. its not like the opposing QBs could count 5 Mississippi’s. OPEN YOUR EYES.

  33. By dave g. on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Seriously you think we have shut down corners?

  34. By dave g. on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Our front seven is no chop liver even without Justin and we give up that many yards?!

  35. By tanglung on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Kaepernick did in 10 games, What Alex couldn’t do in 7-8 years. Come on now, It’s Kaepernick already. Let’s move on. GO 49ERS…KAEPERNICK AND THE 49ERS…

  36. By 49fsince67 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Been away a long time, nice to see things have not changed…..eleven still hasn’t grown up and alot of people …well seriously…you need to think before you type..concentrate on the niners….favorites to take it all..championship game>superbowl>trophy next….Kaepernick was always the right choice…Alex was limited and still is…Kap has no ceiling yet..niners in ’14

  37. By bow53 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    lets wait and see, when FA opens, we have to get something fr. alex via trade here, lets watch and see how trent & JH work there brilliant minds here..i can’t hardly wait and wonder what we gunna get via FA, but then again i don’t wanna lose r own guys either….

  38. By Hermie on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    It is amazing people cannot show respect for Alex and gracious for what he has accomplished with the 9ers the last two years…without some idiot…do I need to spell it out…bashing them!! Get a life…Kaep will dwarf whatever Alex could have accomplished here with the 9ers!! Thanks Alex for holding the reigns for a year and a half!! No Brag, Just Fact!!

  39. By tanglung on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply


  40. By jay on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    This years draft we have abundant amount of picks, we could trade some to move in rounds to enhance the d-line, and secondary. Our lb’s are elite, just need depth and f.a could help. Also we need to address a big over 6-1db, last year we got manhandled by big wrs and as a niner fan it hurts me to see our dbs who are small stature get beat. As for goldson, if alex gets traded, we should immediately sign goldson to a decent contract to retain him, and then focus on getting stud first time pro bowl wrs in this years draft, and hopefully go for EJ Manuel as back up qb and olines. Lets go for another sb run and win it this time 9ers!!!

  41. By Tim Sherman on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    WOW!!! Great trade if what they are saying is true.The chiefs 2nd round pick which is number 34 and a mid round pick next year.I was expecting a third round pick this year and that’s it.That gives them 15 picks in this years draft,which they could use to add some serious depth or maybe package a couple of those picks and get someone they really covet.I would like to see them move up and get someone like Cooper the guard from North Carolina in the first round.Then with their 2nd pick get a wide reciever like Woods from USC to go on the other side of Crabtree.Then add depth at defensive line and defensive backs.

  42. By JParker on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    I would not trade for Revis. I would save the money and draft picks and use our new second round pick to draft a less expensive and healthier corner.

  43. By dave g. on Feb 28, 2013 | Reply

    As far as corners, I like Sean Smith CB 6’3″ 218 lb corner with swagger. F/A from Dolphins

  44. By jay on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    I prefer some more of a hybrid Jonathan Banks type, whos at 6’2 similar to richard sherman, or any from top 5 dbs, milliner seems to short, this year we should draft a 6’1 or over db. We need to enhance the secondary, so in ther first two rounds i wont be surprised if they draft de,dt, then go with cb Then the rest fix the offense with 2 wrs. This years draft i am really happy, we got more picks this year by loading more players on each position, and with the kc mid round pick we could have 8 picsk compared to seven! But we should draft a kicker for sure, i am skeptical on Akers! We need to sign dashon goldson back before monday as well! Come on 9ers please sign Goldson to a decent deal!!

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