The San Francisco 49ers have made it known to other teams in the NFL that a trade for quarterback Alex Smith "is effectively complete" and both teams view it as "done," according to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Any trade would have to occur after the new league year begins on March 12, as the trade deadline for the 2012 season has already long since passed.
La Canfora said in a subsequent tweet that the Jaguars and Chiefs are the two teams that make the most sense to him in terms of landing spots for Smith, although a trade for a 28-year old quarterback would seem to fly in the face of what Dave Caldwell has said since he was hired as general manager.
"We're going to have a very young team this season," Caldwell told the media at the NFL Combine on Friday. "It's going to be built through the draft and through college free agency."
In January, Alfie Crow took a look at what Smith on the Jaguars could look like and his conclusion was that the upgrade would be minimal, at best:
By all indications the Jaguars are going to be bringing in competition at the quarterback position, but someone like Alex Smith might not really add much of anything that they don't already have, especially given what he may cost to acquire.
In Atlanta airport. Be stunned if #jaguars are team who have a deal in place for Alex Smith. Other teams mentioned, not so much.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) February 24, 2013
In 2012, Smith completed 70.2 percent of his passes and accumulated 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine starts before he was replaced by Colin Kaepernick following an injury. The 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.