Alex Smith's career with the San Francisco 49ers appears to be over.
A tweet from CBS' Jason La Canfora on Sunday said that a deal that would send the 49ers' former starting quarterback to another team is "effectively complete." Such a transaction, however, can not actually take place until the NFL year begins on March 12.
So until then, all we can do is speculate. The Jacksonville Jaguars would seem to be a likely candidate, with the Blaine Gabbert experiment not working out so well after two subpar seasons. But Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell texted "not us" to the Florida Times-Union on Sunday in response to quickly spreading word about a team having acquired Smith's services.
NFL.com is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have shown the most interest in Smith, who would take over after a lackluster showing by Matt Cassel in three of his four years with the team. The Arizona Cardinals might make sense after the Kevin Kolb/John Skelton/Ryan Lindley/Brian Hoyer fiasco last season.