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Cleveland writer thinks Browns will be in on Alex Smith

It’s going to be an active offseason if you like reading tweets and blog posts (you better like reading blog posts). There is going to be a bunch of speculation on Alex Smith from other teams. It’s still January and today’s Arrowheadlines linked to multiple stories of writers speculating about Alex Smith for the team they cover.

I read through this Q&A with Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot and she indicated in there a couple of times her belief that the Browns will go after Alex Smith. This isn’t a report quoting sources ... just what she thinks will happen.

Here’s one: “The Browns will acquire a veteran quarterback such as an Alex Smith and likely start the season with him. They will also probably draft a quarterback No. 1 overall and let him learn behind the veteran for awhile.”

And another: “Even if the Browns try to trade for Smith -- and I believe they will -- I think they’ll still draft a QB at No. 1.”

On the one hand, I wouldn’t want Alex Smith to go to a bad team. I like him and I want him to succeed if the Chiefs do end up trading him. On the other, the Chiefs were coming off a 2-14 season when Alex came to KC five years ago and look what happened. Things can change in a hurry.