Acquiring San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is reportedly no longer an option for the Browns.
A deal for Smith is “effectively complete,” Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Sunday. According to La Canfora, the 49ers informed other teams that the deal is essentially finished but can’t be finalized until March 12.
The trade partner is unknown, but a source told the Plain Dealer the Browns are not the team with a deal in place for Smith.
La Canfora speculated that the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars made sense. However, Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell told the Florida Times-Union via a text message that the trade did not involve Jacksonville.
Cleveland has often been labeled a logical landing spot for Smith because he played for new Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner in 2006 and the organization is seeking to acquire competition for incumbent starter Brandon Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft.
When asked Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine if the Browns have talked about trading for Smith, CEO Joe Banner said, “We’ve discussed every quarterback who’s available in trade or free agency or even those that we think we could maybe make somebody who wasn’t planning on making available in trade. But what the outcome of that discussion is, I’m not going to get into. But we’ve talked about every single possible player at the positions we think we’re focusing on right now.”
Banner also said the Browns see potential in Weeden, 29, and want to work with him.
49ers QB Alex Smith reportedly not heading to Cleveland
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