Alex Smith traded to the Kansas City Chiefs

KC has its quarterback: Alex Smith

2/27/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 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 SportsThe Kansas City Chiefs need a quarterback, and the San Francisco 49ers had an extra one. Now Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City in a trade, where he will take over as the Chiefs' much-needed quarterback.

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).
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2/28/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Trokspot wrote:
This move won't work out for anyone...  The 49ers will lose a viable back-up (ok, not a big deal...they can find another). 

The real losers are Smith and the Chiefs.  Smith loses a cushy, well-paid back up position, where if he was called on, we know he could be successful.  Instead, he goes to the black hole of KC (sorry Dan!).  He won't have much success which is bad for both him and the Chiefs (let's take a moment to think back to pre-Harbaugh Smith...).  No one comes out happy. 

:'(

2/28/13   |   Scott   |   54637 respect

Dan_B wrote:
But is he the QB of the future or the QB that will lead KC to the promise land? I don't think so. 

I don't think Smith is the QB of the future for the Chiefs but I do think he is a viable solution to the quarterback position.  The only question is just how much of an extension the Chiefs are going to give him.  If they decide on 2-3 years, they more then likely find themselves a rookie later in the draft this year or next that they can groom to be the starter.  If the Chiefs go 4-5 years, then I see Matt Cassel part II 

2/28/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

This move won't work out for anyone...  The 49ers will lose a viable back-up (ok, not a big deal...they can find another). 

The real losers are Smith and the Chiefs.  Smith loses a cushy, well-paid back up position, where if he was called on, we know he could be successful.  Instead, he goes to the black hole of KC (sorry Dan!).  He won't have much success which is bad for both him and the Chiefs (let's take a moment to think back to pre-Harbaugh Smith...).  No one comes out happy. 

2/27/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

A second-rounder this year and mid-round pick in 2014 may be a lot but there was a definite market for a QB like Smith. For instance, what are the Cardinals going to do about their mess? They can't go through another year like last where Larry Fitzgerald rotted with a bunch of rag arms trying to get him the ball. How about the Jets? Their QB sitch stinks too. Jaguars and Raiders aren't great either.

2/27/13   |   CASE717   |   13 respect

Nicely done.  I didn't even think about the SF KC QB connection. A second round pick in 2013 and 2014 is the compensation, which is more than enough with all the draft picks they currently have.  Now the question is who back ups Kaepernick?   Not Tolzien.

2/27/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Scott wrote:
With no quarterback in this year's draft class really standing out as a must have for the team with the first pick in the draft, this trade is the next best thing for the Chiefs

But is he the QB of the future or the QB that will lead KC to the promise land? I don't think so. 

2/27/13   |   Scott   |   54637 respect

With no quarterback in this year's draft class really standing out as a must have for the team with the first pick in the draft, this trade is the next best thing for the Chiefs