Alex Smith traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs

2/27/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) warms up against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsAccording to the ever-reliable Jay Glazer, the Chiefs and 49ers have agreed to a deal that would send QB Alex Smith to the Chiefs for a 2013 2nd round pick, and possibly a 2014 pick. The deal can't be finalized until March 12, but Glazer says it's already in place.

As ESPN Insider Chris Sprow says, this is really an indication that the Chiefs aren't particularly excited about any QB they see themselves drafting at either #1 overall or with the 33rd pick.

Gregg Rosenthal raises another valid point, saying that he's be afraid of QBs leaving Jim Harbaugh.

This is a great point, considering how much of a bust Smith was before Harbaugh showed up.

Smith was drafted #1 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, and was known as one of the biggest busts in recent history for 5 years, until Harbaugh showed up and resurrected his career.

Harbaugh was a pretty good QB back in the day, carving out a respectable NFL career, most notably with the Chargers and Colts. He has also proven to be outstanding at developing QBs, most notably Andrew Luck.

It's assumed that Smith's career turnaround should be credited to Harbaugh, and there's no guarantee that his success will continue if he leaves San Francisco.

Did the 49ers fleece the Chiefs in this deal? Will Smith just be another flash in the pan, a la Matt Cassel? Or is he their QB of the future? What do you think?
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