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NFL roundup: 49ers, Seahawks unsure about backup QBs' futures

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The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks have more in common than NFC West addresses. They also have veteran backup quarterbacks who want out.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Thursday he has not made a decision on Smith, who was sidelined by a concussion in November and remained a backup when second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the starter and led them to the Super Bowl.

Baalke said he had dinner with Smith recently and talked with him, but admits he still does not have a definite plan on what to do with the popular quarterback. He sidestepped when asked if trading Smith was an option.

"There's, uh, I think that's part of it," Baalke said. "We're going to look at all options available. Are we going to trade him for sure? That hasn't been decided."

ESPN.com reported it was "highly, highly, highly unlikely" the 49ers would release Smith, citing sources, and would only trade him.

Meanwhile, Seattle general manager John Schneider said the Seahawks have some options with Matt Flynn, who signed a three-year, $26 million deal last year as the presumed starter. He lost the No. 1 job to Wilson during training camp and is considered a luxury as the No. 2 quarterback.

Because the Seahawks are comfortable with their salary cap situation, they aren't pressed to deal Flynn. Schneider said the team "isn't worried" about the cap hit and the current salary cap model includes Flynn's deal. He added that it's common knowledge around the league the Seahawks are willing to listen.

"I think we have a great setup," he said. "I feel very blessed we have two quarterbacks like this, two starting-caliber guys. What happened last year didn't have a reflection on what Matt did, it was more just what Russell did in stepping forward and taking charge. "We feel really blessed with our situation right now."

---Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving at least 110 mph in the Dec. 8 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, according to Dallas-Fort Worth TV station NBC 5, citing police reports.

The police report stated that Brent's speed ranged from 110 mph and may have reached as high as 134 mph on Highway 114. Police confirmed two months ago that Brent was speeding when his vehicle flipped after striking a curb.

Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital. At the time of the crash, Brent had a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

The 24-year-old Brent has been indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

In other Cowboys news, they have begun contract discussions with Tony Romo, and team executive Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that the quarterback is worth the price.

"We have a great quarterback and he deserves to be paid," Jones said. "We have a good quarterback and we want to reward him. He's in the last year of a contract, and our goal is to not let the quarterback run out of contract."

---Outspoken Christian quarterback Tim Tebow has cancelled an appearance at a controversial Dallas Baptist church, citing "new information," according to a CBSSports.com report.

"While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April," Tebow announced in multiple tweets. "Due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

Shortly after Tebow's scheduled April 28 appearance was announced, CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel wrote an inflammatory column on the church and its pastor, Robert Jeffress, who has been outspoken against Muslims, Jews, Mormons and homosexuals.

---Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman reiterated that the team doesn't plan to deal star receiver Percy Harvin.

Rumors have suggested that Harvin might hold out or be dealt before the season. A CBSSports report said that Harvin's issues are related to playing time. Harvin finished the year with 62 receptions, and also ran the ball 22 times in 2012.

---Wide receiver Nate Burleson and the Detroit Lions have agreed to a restructured contract for 2013, according to a Detroit Free-Press report, citing a person familiar with the deal.

Burleson said after the season he was willing to take less money to stay. He joins center Dominic Raiola as the second veteran player to accept a lower salary for next season.

---A torn labrum in his right shoulder will require surgery after the Scouting Combine, but Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner is in Indianapolis and will participate in most drills including the 40-yard dash.
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