NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cardinals are interested in trading for Alex Smith, but are "very pessimistic" the 49ers will deal him within the division.
According to Rapoport, the Cardinals believe the Chiefs are "closing in" on a deal for Colin Kaepernick's backup. Rapoport also reports the Browns are "said to have some interest." It's clear Sunday's report that a trade was "effectively complete" was bogus, but the Chiefs are very much the leader in the clubhouse. Smith would be a poor fit in Bruce Arians' highly-vertical system.