The rich seem to get richer in this league. Today the San Francisco 49ers traded QB Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in next year’s draft.
Four years after trading for the Patriots’ backup quarterback, the Chiefs have swung a deal for the 49ers’ clipboard holder. The price tag is shocking. The Niners received the 34th pick this year plus a 2014 conditional pick that can escalate to an additional second-rounder, for a career game manager. It’s similar to what the Cardinals paid for Kevin Kolb in 2011 and Kansas City paid for Matt Cassel in 2009. Smith is an upgrade on Cassel, but his mediocre skill set prevents offenses from playing explosive football and threatening downfield. The deal is done, but won’t be “official” until the new league year opens on March 12.
The 49ers are now armed with five draft picks in the top 93. The Chiefs are slated to pick just twice in the top 95. In Andy Reid’s pass-happy West Coast scheme, Expect plenty of Smith checkdowns to Jamaal Charles.
John Fennelly, Executive Editor
The 49ers came up short in Super Bowl XLVII and they are in a position to avenge that failure with some game-changers and augmenters in this draft. They will be a much stronger club going into the 2013 season. With 15 total selections, they now have the leverage to trade up and back as they please. The best part of all of this is the Giants don’t face the Niners this year. Until January, that is…