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49ers QB Smith heading to Chiefs

NEW YORK - Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City, the first major acquisition by the Chiefs since Andy Reid took over as head coach. A person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Chiefs have agreed to deal for the 2005 top overall draft pick who lost his starting quarterback job in San Francisco to Colin Kaepernick last season. The trade will not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins. Another person familiar with the deal said the 49ers will get a second-round draft pick in April, No. 34 overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.
Smith, 28, struggled for most of his career in San Francisco, plagued as much by coaching and coordinator changes as by his own indecisiveness. But when Jim Harbaugh became coach, Smith blossomed. He was among the league leaders in passer rating (104.1) with a 70.2 completion percentage when he suffered a concussion in a 24-24 tie against Nov. 11 against the Rams. Smith never started again for the 49ers, but now will replace Matt Cassel in Kansas City. League examines possible impropriety at combine The NFL says it will look into whether questions asked of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa at the combine violated any laws or league policies banning employers from inquiring about a possible employee's sexual orientation. Kasa told ESPN Radio in Denver that during interviews with team officials at the combine in Indianapolis: "(Teams) ask you, like, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' 'Are you married?' 'Do you like girls?' " GIANTS: New York has agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle Will Beatty, who could have become a free agent. Beatty played in all 16 games last season after missing much of training camp with a sore back. QB WHITE PLANS COMEBACK: Former Miami Dolphins and West Virginia quarterback Pat White wants to return to the NFL. White's father, Bo, said his son is going to work out as part of West Virginia's pro day in Morgantown on March 14. BILLS: Defensive end Chris Kelsay plans to retire after 10 seasons in Buffalo. The decision came as a slight surprise. Earlier this month, Kelsay indicated he was preparing to play next season after doctors cleared him for practice. Kelsay finished last season on IR after tearing a ligament in his neck. BEARS: A prosecutor said he will not pursue marijuana possession charges against offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who was charged after a traffic stop in Illinois over the weekend. JAGUARS: Jacksonville has released offensive tackle Guy Whimper, QB John Parker Wilson and DB Brandon King.
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