Chiefs' free agent choices could impact No. 1 pick

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
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TRADE TALK: San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke did nothing to dissuade talk about a possible Alex Smith trade.

The obvious predicament the 49ers face this offseason has Colin Kaepernick firmly entrenched as the starter, and Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, serving as an expensive backup. San Francisco would like to keep both, but might not be able to afford it.

"I can't say enough good things about him (Smith), he is a pro's pro. I have great respect for him and his family and we're going to do everything in our power to make the best decision for everyone involved," Baalke said, explaining that he, Smith and Smith's wife had dinner a couple days after the Super Bowl. "Trading him is a possibility, but we don't know for sure yet."

The debate over Smith's future has raged since coach Jim Harbaugh changed quarterbacks late last season, moving Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, ahead of Smith, who led San Francisco to the NFC title game after the 2011 season.

Smith's actions seem to suggest his career is over in the Bay Area. When the 49ers returned home from the loss to Baltimore, Smith packed up his locker room belongings, including a game ball from San Francisco's season-opening win at Green Bay, and did not speak to reporters.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: When Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked about the concern over BYU defensive lineman Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah's practice habits, Schwartz answered: "Allen Iverson."

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TITANIC CHECK: Tennessee didn't make a snap decision — or a snap judgment — when it hired Gregg Williams as its new senior assistant coach.

Instead, the Titans did their homework before hiring the bounty-scandal-tainted assistant.

"There was hesitation in that we had to do our research," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. "We had to do our background work. Fortunately, him having spent so much time in Tennessee, we had a lot of people who know him well and felt comfortable bringing him in."

Coach Mike Munchak later acknowledged that while Williams will not be making the defensive calls, he will have input.

Williams' hiring might not be the only change coming to Nashville. The Titans apparently would like to find a complementary back to speedster Chris Johnson.

One thing that will not change is the quarterback.

"I think Jake (Locker) has done a good job," he said. "One of the things we have to do is have more consistency around him. When your offensive line is in flux and you change your coordinators, doing all those types of things, and he gets hurt — another thing is to keep him healthy — I don't think that does anything for any quarterback's development."

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QUOTE OF THE DAY II: When Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was asked about assistant coach Tom Pratt, a 34-year coaching veteran who was on Hank Stram's staff with the Chiefs in the 1960s, Moore said: "Nobody else can say they've got a guy who coached in Super Bowl I."

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