It should surprise nobody that the NFL Combine has brought the Alex Smith rumor mill squarely into focus. The team will likely be working the phones until at least March 12, which means rumors will be swirling virtually every day. It might drive folks crazy, but we'll be doing our best to keep an eye on the market as it develops.

The latest news reinforces the notion that the Kansas City Chiefs are fully interested in acquiring Alex Smith. Ian Rapoport is reporting word is leaking of their interest in Smith. This comes two days after Jason Cole reported the Chiefs were potentially the early leader in Alex Smith interest. It is entirely possible the same source has been providing information to Cole and Rapoport, but it would not be surprising if the Chiefs were in fact the early leader in interest.

Rapoport indicated the 49ers have spent this week laying the groundwork for an eventual deal, and pointed to one particular reason the Chiefs would be interested: