San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith was productive in his career in San Fran, but was overshadowed by QB Colin Kaepernick. He will begin a new chapter of his career in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith finally has the chance to be a starter—and this time it’s with a comfort zone.
In his later years with San Fran, he was especially productive, and even lead his squad to an NFC Championship. However, fellow Niners QB Colin Kaepernick was later dubbed a starter after Smith was concussed this regular season. Smith never was a factor after Kaep took the full reigns.
The 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to ship Smith to KC. Fox Sports insider/NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer was the first to report the news. Shortly thereafter, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 49ers will receive a 2013 second-round pick and a conditional 2014 pick.
Since the Chiefs have a franchise quarterback at hand, they certainly won’t be drafting Geno Smith. They will likely pick an offensive tackle to block for their signal caller, therefore Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel appears to be their guy.
Smith may slide anywhere from the third overall pick (Oakland Raiders) to the eighth overall pick (Buffalo Bills). The Arizona Cardinals, who possess the seventh overall pick, also may select Smith.
This transaction also affects Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, whose career with KC undoubtedly a bust. Cassel will likely be released by the Chiefs unless he is willing to serve as a backup role. He was Tom Brady’s backup for years while primarily holding the clipboard for the New England Patriots.
Anyhow, this move will help the Chiefs build a solid team around a veteran quarterback and narrow down prospects for April’s draft. Both teams won with this deal. KC received a fantastic quarterback. The 49ers still have elite talent, but now they have an extra high draft pick which they can use or trade to acquire a big name. Darrelle Revis to the Niners, anybody? It’s a possibility now with the acquired second round pick.