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Golden Nuggets: Alex Smith trade in place?

Monday, February 25, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Joe Robbins

There was one, and only one, story that captivated everyone's attention yesterday, and that was the rumor that a trade for Alex Smith had been worked out with an unnamed team. Rumors are flying that the second team is the Chiefs. What we might expect to get for Mr Smith is still up for debate and there is the very real possibility that we won't find out anything else about the situation until the league year begins on March 12. Oh, the drama. Oh, the intrigue. I can't wait.

Recent drafts have shown that quality quarterbacks can be had in any round, and I would assume the Chiefs, if they are in fact the second team, are hoping that Alex can do for their QB of the future what he did with Colin Kaepernick. Keeping the seat warm while mentoring a future starter can keep you in work in this league for a long time.

To the links...

Alex Smith Trade Stories

BASG leads off the speculation. There's not much more than that going on at this point. Thusly, there isn't much for me to say, other than the Chiefs seem to be the team tabbed by most as the dance partner of choice. | 49ers reportedly have a deal in place to trade Alex Smith (BASG)

Mike Sando reminds us that Seattle's Matt Flynn could be the other quarterback sought after by teams needing an immediate fix at the most important position in the game. | Thoughts as Alex Smith rumors heat up (Sando)

Cam Inman has notes on the Alex Smith rumors as well as some thoughts on other stories in the news for the 49ers. | 49ers trade of Alex Smith 'effectively complete,' according to report (Inman)

More Alex Smith news, this time from Eric Branch. He says the Browns and Jaguars are not the partner in the deal, according to their respective local papers. That leaves... | Trade talk involving Alex Smith heating up (Branch)

Former Chiefs' GM thinks a second- or third-round pick "possible" for Alex Smith (Barrows)

Alex Smith, Luke Joeckel on Kansas City Chiefs' radar (

Assorted 49ers News

Next on BASG's hit list for unrestricted free agents is Larry Grant. Another guy I'd like to keep around, if the price is right. You never know what the player wants out of a new contract. One would assume that Grant wants the chance to start, and it's realistically not going to happen for him in San Francisco. | Should he stay or should he go: Larry Grant (BASG)

All the Alex Smith rumors have detracted us from our true purpose at present, which is debating whether or not the team should franchise tag Dashon Goldson. The latest reports say they're leaning against it. | 49ers leaning toward not tagging Goldson (Maiocco)

Branch is back with a list of possible candidates for us to target in the draft if we wish to upgrade our defensive line. The consensus says we need to upgrade our defensive line. | 49ers need depth on defensive line (Branch)

Super Bowl strengthened brothers' relationship, Jim Harbaugh says (CBS)

NFL combine results: Deep threat wide receivers (Cohn)

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