KC has its quarterback: Alex Smith
San Francisco will reportedly receive a 2013 second-round pick and possibly another pick in 2014. The deal cannot be finalized or announced until the offseason trading period opens March 12.
The trade for Smith is John Dorsey's first big move as Kansas City GM, and gives new coach Andy Reid a competent, if-not-spectacular quarterback.
Smith is due $7.5 million next season, but don't be surprised if Kansas City tries to extend him, as a second rounder is a lot to give up for a one-year rental. With the move, the Chiefs will likely release Matt Cassel to free up some cap space. Cassel had an up-and-down tenure in Kansas City after being acquired from the New England Patriots. He led the team to one playoff berth, but was absolutely atrocious in 2012, throwing just six touchdowns against 12 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Smith was leading the NFL in quarterback rating after eight games when he missed a game with a concussion and forever lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick. Smith, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, had had a middling career before Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco in 2011 and resurrected his career.
Now Kansas City, who picks first overall in this year's draft, has its quarterback. In the year after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were the top QB prizes in the draft, there was no clear cut top QB this year's draft, so Kansas City felt compelled to make the deal. The Chiefs could still target another quarterback later in the draft (though not in the second round now)!
Expect the Chiefs to target Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel with the draft's top selection now, which probably means the end of Brandon Albert's tenure in Kansas City.
Smith joins a long list of former 49ers quarterbacks to join the Kansas City Chiefs, following the footsteps of Joe Montana, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac before him.
As a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I see Smith as Matt Cassel 2.0. Not the quarterback that will win the team a Super Bowl, but he may just be good enough to get them to the playoffs, if he is able to ride the likes of Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe (if he resigns in KC).