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NFL roundup: QBs Smith, Tebow reportedly will be on trading black

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A couple of quarterbacks apparently will be on the trading block in the offseason.

The San Francisco 49ers will try to trade quarterback Alex Smith despite his reported request to be released, while the New York Jets plan to attempt to trade Tim Tebow rather than release him, ESPN reported.

There seems to be much more interest in Smith than in Tebow, according to the ESPN.com reports.

New Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner worked with Smith when he was the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2006, and new Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has shown interst in Smith in the past.

Also, if the 49ers trade Smith instead of releasing him, it would save the team the $1 million or $2 million roster bonus it must pay if he is released.

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The Jets can try to trade Tebow after the March 12 deadline to release players, but it's doubtful other teams will be interested.

One NFL general manager told ESPN.com this week: "I think his career is over without playing another position."

---Commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he would "absolutely" let his children play football.

Goodell made the comment in response to President Barack Obama, who said last week that if he had a son, he was not sure if he would let him play football over concerns about concussions in the sport. Obama and Goodell both have two daughters.

---Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen finally had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder last week, according to 1500ESPN.com.

Allen played with the injury throughout the season, including last Sunday's Pro Bowl. It was the first time he has needed surgery in his NFL career. No timetable has been reported as to how long Allen will need to recover.

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---The New York Giants are placing a higher priority on getting a long-term contract done for Hakeem Nicks than teammate Victor Cruz, according to ESPN.com.

Cruz had a more productive 2012 than Nicks at wide receiver. Still, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Giants consider Nicks a No. 1 receiver. Nicks averaged 77.5 receptions, 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010 and 2011.

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