SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
And he hoped to get that chance again. Now, he appears to have it.
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire Smith from the 49ers in the first major acquisition since Andy Reid took over as the team’s new coach, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until March 12, when the NFL’s new business year begins. Another person familiar with the swap said the 49ers will get a second-round pick in April’s draft, No. 34 overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.
NFL 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?’”
He did not identify who asked him such questions.
ALABAMA: Four players for the two-time defending national champions have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
“Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” coach Nick Saban said. “It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.”
GEORGIA: Alexander Ogletree, a part-time starting fullback as a junior in 2012, is leaving the team for undisclosed medical reasons.
Ogletree is the twin brother of linebacker Alec Ogletree, who left school after his junior season to enter the NFL Draft.
Alexander Ogletree started two games and appeared in eight games last season. He had three carries for 14 yards and one touchdown and four receptions for 25 yards.
VANDERBILT: Running back Warren Norman’s playing days are over. The 2009 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year says knee injuries that limited him the past two seasons cut his college career short.