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Originally published Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

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Chiefs will deal for Smith at QB

Following the recent hiring of coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, finding a starting quarterback became priority number one...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following the recent hiring of coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, finding a starting quarterback became priority number one for the Kansas City Chiefs.

They settled Wednesday on Alex Smith, a part-time starter for the San Francisco 49ers for the past eight seasons. The deal, which cannot become official until the NFL's trading period begins March 12, would send the Chiefs' second-round pick, 34th overall, plus a conditional pick in 2014 to the 49ers.

Smith, who turns 29 in May, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft by the 49ers after two strong seasons as a starter at Utah.

Only recently has Smith become a productive player in the NFL. He began to flourish after Jim Harbaugh joined the 49ers as coach in 2011. Smith set a career high with a 90.7 passer rating that season and helped the 49ers win the NFC West with a 13-3 record and advance to the conference title game.

He was the NFL's top-rated passer last season with a mark of 104.1 after a 6-2 start when he suffered a concussion. When Smith was cleared to play two games later, Harbaugh kept him on the bench in favor of Colin Kaepernick, who led the team to the Super Bowl.

Improper questions asked at combine?

NEW YORK — The NFL said 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 and said he didn't think it "was really a serious question."


• Buffalo defensive end Chris Kelsay retired after 10 seasons with the Bills.

• The New York Giants agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle Will Beatty, who could have become a free agent.

• A prosecutor in Mound City, Ill., said he will not pursue marijuana-possession charges against Chicago Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who was charged after a traffic stop Sunday.

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