January 31, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Alex Smith once met Chip Kelly. Roll out the green carpet. Cue up the news conference. Stitch his surname on the back of a No. 11 Eagles jersey. Smith is coming to Philly. While that may be the preference for some fans - and could very well be the end result - there is no proof that Kelly has such desires. And even if the new Eagles coach coveted Smith, it's a long way from being remotely possible. And yet, that hasn't stopped many from speculating where the 49ers' backup quarterback may land this offseason, even as he's preparing to play the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
November 24, 2012
Jim Harbaugh hasn't revealed the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday, at least not publicly. But he has made up his mind, according to reports. Jim Trotter of SI.com reported that Colin Kaepernick will start in New Orleans, and ESPN.com later reported that the team was proceeding with plans to start Kaepernick. Harbaugh reportedly told Kaepernick and Alex Smith on Wednesday and that the decision was not health-related. Smith suffered a concussion Nov. 11 against the St. Louis Rams, and lingering symptoms kept him out of the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears.
July 25, 2013 |
The first pass that Alex Smith threw on Tuesday in St. Joseph, Mo., was to Tony Moeaki, who might have a hard time making the Kansas City Chiefs after an injury-plagued start to his career. Then came passes to Tyler Shoemaker, Rico Richardson, and Junior Hemingway. It was about as modest a start as you could get to Smith's first training camp with the Chiefs - a bunch of throws to wide receivers who may not be around in six weeks. Still, those passes on an unseasonably cool morning on the campus of Missouri Western represented the first step by Smith toward fulfilling expectations that have steadily grown ever since he was acquired from the 49ers this past offseason.
March 1, 2013
This is a post by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagles blog Eagletarian. THE TEAM most of us considered the main suitor for Nick Foles went in another direction Wednesday. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed in principle to a trade with the 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith, FoxSports.com reported. The 49ers will get Kansas City's second-round selection this April, 34th overall, and a conditional 2014 pick. The trade can't be official until free agency starts March 12. This development could mean the Eagles were not just posturing, and really do want to hold onto Foles, at least until Reid's successor, Chip Kelly, gets a look at last year's rookie QB on the practice field.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Jim Harbaugh called Alex Smith "a role model in team sports, especially for high school and youth sports," when the 49ers coach was asked Wednesday about how Smith has adjusted to being demoted. That surely was nice for Smith to hear, but what he really wants to be called is a starting quarterback again. Much of the media attention Smith is getting here at Super Bowl XLVII focuses on his viability as a QB for some other team, going forward. It's a tricky subject for Smith, 29, the first player selected in the 2005 draft.
September 18, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Like his new coach and offensive coordinator, Alex Smith is enjoying an early resurgence with the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith and the 2-0 Chiefs will visit the Eagles on Thursday night. Last season, the quarterback suffered a concussion and never regained his starting job with the San Francisco 49ers. With a fresh start after a trade to Kansas City, Smith has thrived under coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Smith said that Reid and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh have aided his development.
February 26, 2013 |
TOM BRADY agreed to a 3-year contract extension with the New England Patriots on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary-cap room. The 35-year-old, two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least 5 more years. Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Noteworthy * The San Francisco 49ers are in talks to trade backup quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN reported, citing league sources.No NFL trades are permitted until March 12. * Star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, from Utah, expected to be drafted high in the first round in April, has a heart condition, his agent said, and will undergo more extensive testing.
January 8, 2016 |
TWO MYTHS driving me crazy this offseason: 1) That the Eagles find themselves in an either/or quandary at the quarterback position. The notion that they should avoid signing Sam Bradford because they should be targeting a quarterback better than Bradford ignores the reality of both the quarterback position and NFL contracts in general. Judging by the contracts doled out to quarterbacks over the past few years, the Eagles would essentially be committing to having Bradford on their roster for the next three seasons.
March 11, 2016 |
Brandon Brooks Projected role: Starting right guard. Age: 26. Born: Aug. 19, 1989. Height: 6-5. Weight: 335. Contract: 5 years, $40 million. Twitter: @bbrooks_79 Worth noting: Played for Houston from 2012-15, starting each of last three years . . . Played left tackle and guard in college at Miami (Ohio) before switching to right guard as a senior . . . Matt Tobin started 13 games at right guard in 2015. Rodney McLeod Projected role: Starting safety. Age: 25. Born: June 23, 1990.
May 19, 2016 |
Chase Daniel is, quite literally, the quarterback in the middle of Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz, at least in the locker room. He's sandwiched in between the current starter and the presumptive future starter on the depth chart. His locker stall splits the two, with Bradford to his left and Wentz to his right. Daniel is the forgotten figure in the Eagles' quarterback drama, and yet, his role may be just as essential over the next two years. The veteran is to be Bradford's backup, Wentz's teacher, and quite possibly, the stopgap starter if one of several variables were to happen.