Question: What do you think the chances are that the 49ers trade Justin Smiley before the beginning of the regular season and do you think the 49ers would accept a third-round pick for him?
Justin, Palo Alto
Answer: I think it will depend on whether another team has a rash of o-line injuries in training camp. It seems all the teams that were interested in trading for Smiley ended up picking guards in the draft. I just don't see a team giving up a high pick in next year's draft for a player who hits the free-agent market - and will command a hefty paycheck - in March. As for a third-rounder, I think the 49ers would go for that, especially if they feel confident in David Baas.
- Matt Barrows