PFT: Expect 49ers to release Alex Smith

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PFT: Expect 49ers to release Alex Smith

Colleague Mike Florio said on Mondays Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Talk (4 p.m. CT) that sources point to the San Francisco 49ers releasing quarterback Alex Smith.

Trading the former starter is a possibility but Smiths contract comes with a 7 million guarantee due in April, not a heavy ticket for a starter, especially one that was leading the NFL in several passing categories at the time he was benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick beginning with the MNF game vs. the Bears.

The Bears do not have a backup for Jay Cutler, although re-signing either Jason Campbell, Josh McCown or both are possible. But Smith is expected to go where he has at least a reasonable shot at being a starter, which would not be Chicago at this point.

He is better than half these quarterbacks playing, former coach Tony Dungy said.

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Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

The Cubs headed to Cincinnati in style Thursday night for their final regular-season series of the season.

In what may or may not be the last themed trip of the year implemented by Joe Maddon, Cubs players sported NFL jerseys while they hit the road and some of them are unique.

Kris Bryant went old school with a retro Mike Ditka home jersey while David Ross and Pedro Strop rocked the Bo Jackson home and away Oakland Raiders jersey:

Five Cubs players wore Walter Payton jerseys to represent the Bears:

Here is the full team picture, courtesy of Ross' Twitter account:

 

Other notables: Jason Heyward in a Cam Newton jersey, Jon Lester in a Matt Ryan jersey and the Cubs rookies in cheerleader outfits. Priceless.