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June 10, 2007
The Smiley issue

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


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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