There's been no shortage of trade rumors and speculation regarding Alex Smith, Nick Foles and Percy Harvin this past weekend at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
All three players enter this next season with uncertain futures, and as this is the "lying season" in the NFL, it's hard to comprehend the truth from fiction.
Have no fear. We've got you covered with the latest buzz surrounding all three players.
There's "Little Doubt" Alex Smith Will Be Traded
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers had found a trade partner and that the deal was "effectively complete," though the deal would not be made official until the beginning of the league year on March 12.
Then, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Maiocco responded on Monday:
There's no doubt that the 49ers are looking to trade Smith, who is set to earn $7.5 million in base salary this upcoming season. The team has repeatedly expressed a willingness to make a deal and the latest rumors suggest that it's just a matter of time before it happens.
Per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, "a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT there’s 'little doubt' a trade will happen."
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns have both denied that they are the team involved in La Canfora's report (h/t Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran and the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot).
This leaves the Kansas City Chiefs as the logical landing spot for Smith, and he'd fit Andy Reid's west-coast offense perfectly.
Nick Foles to the Chiefs Is Dead In the Water
Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick to a one-year contract for the 2013 season, there has been speculation that Foles could be traded to pick up a draft pick or two.
After all, he did show the ability to play the quarterback position at the NFL level for a few games last year and franchise quarterbacks aren't exactly growing on trees these days. And if any team needs a quarterback, it's the Chiefs, though it seems all but certain Smith will be the man for that job in 2013.
According to USA Today's Mike Garafalo, the Eagles and Chiefs had been engaged in talks regarding Foles before the combine but didn't come to any agreement. That said, he added:
Former Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked about Foles during his press conference at the scouting combine. The new Chiefs coach said, "He's not available. You just had (Eagles GM) Howie (Roseman) up here (on the podium), so I think you know that."
At this point, it's safe to say that Foles' spot on the Eagles roster is safe...for now.
Percy Harvin Isn't Likely to Be Traded
Two weeks after a report by Mike Max of WCCO (via CBS Minnesota) that the Minnesota Vikings would actively seek a trade partner for Harvin, general manager Rick Spielman shot that rumor down...or did he?
According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, Spielman repeatedly spoke these words during an interview at the combine, "We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin."
Intent is a funny word. By using it, Spielman leaves the door open for general managers to continue inquiring about the talented receiver without giving credence to any of the rumors that he's likely to be traded.
According to NFL.com's Marc Sessler, head coach Leslie Frazier doesn't think Harvin is going anywhere:
I think it's more media-driven. You don't hear anything from me or (general manager) Rick Spielman from a negative standpoint, I think it's more media-driven, I really do...I think what Rick said is what you want to be able to go with, the fact that he said there's no intent to trade Percy. And that's pretty much where it is.
There's that tricky word again.
Well, for now, Harvin will remain with the Vikings.
Time will tell if he ends up playing for Minnesota in 2013 or not, but I know one thing for sure: Harvin is one of the league's top players. If there's any way he and Frazier can coexist and have a fruitful relationship, he needs to remain with the Vikings for the team to continue building upon the success it had in 2012.
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