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Randy Moss, Alex Smith: 49ers look at their options

Alex Smith was without a podium on Super Bowl XLVII media day but not without company. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)

A little over two weeks after their Super bowl XLVII loss to the Baltimore Ravens, there’s no clarity on what will happen to two of the team’s higher-profile players: Will Randy Moss and Alex Smith be back?

General Manager Trent Baalke said he wasn’t certain about Moss’s fate and may try to trade Smith, a former No. 1 pick who now is Colin Kaepernick’s backup.

Randy Moss was a big draw on Super Bowl XLVII media day. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Randy Moss was a big draw on Super Bowl XLVII media day. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

“Randy’s a pro, and I can’t say enough good things about Randy,” Baalke said at the NFL Scouting Combine (via “And I think if you ask anyone within our organization, they would say the same thing. One of the first guys to work every day, one of the last to leave. I mean, a guy that takes great care of his body, is probably one of the smartest football players — if not the smartest football players — I’ve been around. He grasped the offense very quickly, and was a real leader in that group and that room.

“So, we’re certainly happy that he was there. Is he going to return this year? I don’t know that yet.”

Moss, who sat out the 2011 season after playing for three teams in 2010, caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Kaepernick took over when Smith suffered a concussion and never lost the starting job. Baalke said that Smith, who admitted at the Super Bowl that being a backup “is tough,” and his wife, Liz, had discussed the future over dinner after the Super Bowl.

“We had a great discussion. I can’t say enough good things. …. If you ask anyone in our organization, they’re going to say the same thing: He is a pro’s pro. And have nothing but great respect for him, his family, and we’re certainly going to everything in our power to make the best decision for everyone involved.”

Still, make no mistake, “we’re going to look at all options available,” Baalke said.

With a draft that isn’t exactly bursting with top quarterbacking talent, that’s probably a good thing for Smith.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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