Word around the block is San Francisco 48ers are on the brink of wrapping up a trade that will see quarterback Alex Smith move to a new franchise. NFL insider for CSP Sports, Jason La Canfora reported via Twitter that the 49ers have already prepared a mutually acceptable deal with a trade partner.
The name of the team has not been announced yet, although NFL.com analyst Gregg Rosenthal claims Alex Smith’s new home will be the Kansas City Chiefs. According, Rosenthal the deal is “all but done”.
Rumors of Alex Smith’s trade to the Chiefs have also been shared by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. According to Rapoport, Chiefs are the most interested party involved in negotiations for Smith. Rapoport confirmed the deal hadn’t actually occurred, but is expected to happen in the near future.
If there is any truth to this saga then it’s worth noting that no deal can actually take place until the new league year begins, which means the deal can only confirmed after March 12.
The 28-year-old quarterback, who was the overall first pick in the NFL Drafts 2005, underperformed for several seasons before Jim Harbaugh came to the helm in 2011. Harbaugh successfully identified Smith’s strengths and based his game-plan on them.
As a result, Alex Smith threw 17 touchdowns passes with just five interceptions in the first year he played under Harbaugh. In the successive season Smith came back even stronger.
In nine starts Smith recorded a quarterback rating of 104.1, but his spectacular form was put on break because of concussion he picked up in a 2-2 tie against the St. Louis Rams. The injury allowed second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick to show his colors.
Kaepernick lit up 49ers’ traditional offense with his deep passing ability and remarkable mobility. Kaepernick’s rise to 49ers’ first-team allowed the franchise play in the Super Bowl XLVII this year.
“I think the main thing is Alex is a heck of a football player,” Jim Harbaugh said. “Alex is really playing the best football of his career the last two years. And we think we have the best quarterback situation in the National Football League. Feel strongly about that. Again, that'll be a process that plays out. Alex Smith, continuing to be a 49ers or if a trade occurs in the next weeks or months. Those are the two possibilities -- most-likely possibilities.”