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NFL trade deadline: Sean Smith, Tamba Hali appear to be safe

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It sounds like Kansas City Chiefs won't be trading LB Tamba Hali and CB Sean Smith ahead of the 2015 NFL trade deadline this weekend. This according to a couple of reports over the weekend.

Patriots fans on Twitter seem to really want their team to trade for Sean Smith but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said it "doesn't sound like they'll move him." Smith is entering the final year of his contract so I can see the logic behind potentially wanting to trade him. (I also think the Chiefs should at least consider extending Smith but that's an argument for another day)

Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk reported over the weekend that Tamba Hali is not expected to be traded either. There was some fan speculation that the Falcons could make sense for him given their need for a pass rusher and the fact that it was Scott Pioli who once gave him a long-term contract. Given that Tamba took a pay cut and he is an lifelong Chief, I would be stunned if he were traded.

Here's the other reason I don't see the Chiefs trading any starters: the Chiefs still believe they have a shot this season. The Fox broadcast team time with the Chiefs before last weekend's game and they mentioned a few times how they still believed there was something to play for this weekend. This isn't a 49ers or Browns-style fire sale going on here.

All of this is contingent on the Chiefs not receiving an offer that blows them away. If someone wants to offer up two first round picks for a Chief ... well then that changes things.

On another note, it was rumored that QB Chase Daniel was available in a trade. If there's any trade to watch for today, it's him. But those midseason quarterback trades don't come along every year so I certainly wouldn't bank on it.

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