Alex Smith trade rumors: Cardinals, Chiefs in play for 49ers QB, per report

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The 49ers are yet to get involved in serious trade discussions about Alex Smith, but the Chiefs and Cardinals could be among the most interested teams.

Unlikely to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, the Kansas City Chiefs are among the teams expected to be most interested in San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, according to a report from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

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The 49ers are yet to begin seriously shopping Smith, but as many suspected and according to Cole's report, San Francisco is unlikely to keep Smith into next season. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team is "unlikely" to release Smith, making a trade this offseason a high likelihood.

Last week, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said he didn't see a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft who was a sure-fire first round pick. "There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He's a first-round pick,'" Dorsey said, according to the Kansas City Star.

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As a result, Kansas City may look elsewhere for a quarterback and Smith would represent one of the top available options. According to a source in Cole's report, the Chiefs appear to be the most interested team in Smith. The Chiefs, however, may not be the only interested team as the Arizona Cardinals are also suspected to be interested in Smith. If the 49ers trade Smith, it's unknown if they would be willing to trade him to a division rival. Kansas City could provide a more attractive trade partner for San Francisco as the 49ers would be able to deal Smith out of the NFC.

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