Scot McCloughan brushed off an item on the rumor section of Profootballtalk.com that linked him with a front-office job in Miami. He said that this time of year all the rumors spring from name association. Bill Parcells, just hired by Dolphins, is tight with former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf. Wolf, in turn, was McCloughan's mentor in Green Bay. McCloughan said he was very happy in San Francisco and expected to be here next year. "Definitely. One hundred percent," McCloughan said.
Other odds and ends from Thursday:
* Alex Smith might start throwing in three months but he is not expected to be fully healthy for six months. The 49ers are hoping he'll be ready for their first minicamp after the draft, which typically is the first or second week of May.
* The two teams that were sniffing around Damane Duckett were the Cowboys and Broncos. The Broncos wanted to sign the offensive tackle immediately. The Cowboys were going to do so at the end of the season. Duckett played well against Denver in a preseason game. He is being earmarked for right tackle next season. Who he competes against remains to be seen.
* Coach Mike Nolan said that receiver LeRon McCoy had a chance to be elevated to dress and play this week. However, he likely would be limited to special teams where several 49ers -- Marcus Hudson, Michael Robinson and Jeff Ulbrich -- are injured.
* Patrick Estes, released on Tuesday, was picked up by the Buffalo Bills.
-- Matt Barrows