Report: 49ers have agreed to send Alex Smith to KC

Reuters

With nearly two weeks before it can be done, the Alex Smith deal is apparently done.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the 49ers “have completed a trade with the Chiefs” for quarterback Alex Smith.

Glazer notes the time lag before it can be official, but said the Chiefs “really made a commitment to Smith.”

The fascinating part will be the compensation, as the 49ers don’t particularly need more draft picks this year (they have 14, including expected compensatory picks). But picks in future years would allow them to further stockpile ammunition, while getting a big salary cap number for a backup off the books.

76 responses to “Report: 49ers have agreed to send Alex Smith to KC

  1. Draft picks don’t mean anything. Look at how well they dafted last year.

    It’s amazing how they aced the 2011 draft, and then botched the entire 2012 draft.

  2. Well, I am somewhat glad to see Smith go to a team that will give him somewhat of a committment. Given the Reid hiring, I would wager that the coaching staff will be somewhat stable for a few years which is something Alex had not experienced before 2011. Good luck to him anyway as he has always seemed to be a good guy and there are far worse things in the world than seeing him enjoy some success.

  3. 14 picks? And probably more? The 9ers GM is a genius and they can do anything they want on draft day. Get used to seeing the 9ers contending for a very long time.

  4. If that’s the case, we now know why the eagles said that they like nick foles and are going to keep him. They have no more trading partners. That market just disappeared

  5. This could be really good for both teams. I’m happy for Smith getting a chance to be a starter again. He’s been a good soldier through all that happened in SF.

  6. Out of anger, Geno Smith takes the closest football and throws it as hard as he could at the nearest window. He missed.

  7. It’s a second round pick. That was actually pretty smart of San Fran for saying that could keep Alex Smith if there’s no trade partners. That way they didn’t have to release him.

  8. second round pick this year and another pick in 2014….wow that is a lot for a guy who after 8 years has a losing win/loss record, and only has 14,000 total yards. I could have seen maybe a low 3rd, or high 4th, but a high second, and another pick is a lot. Plus 10 million per to boot.

  9. Nice move for both teams. KC gets Alex and the best Lineman with the first pick in the draft. Better than taking Geno. The Chiefs will be contenders with Reid coaching and Alex at the helm with Charles, Bowe, an improved OL and a good D.

    SF will be able to sign Goldson and maybe get a vet DB and WR or at least draft a few with 14 picks this year. Maybe they trade some picks to move up in the draft? I would like to see them draft Kaps back up maybe D. Robinson?

  10. Why would they want future picks when the Cheifs have the best pick of each round this year? They cant get any better unless they are offered a third this year OR a second next year.

  11. As a 49er fan I’ve been really frustrated with Alex Smith at times. But he’s really earned his way back in with his play on the field and how he’s acted off the field. I’m now an Alex Smith fan, and I really hope he does well in KC. He’s got a solid o-line and an offensive minded head coach.

  12. Horrible raider like trade.

    I guess the real problem with the franchise is the Hunt family.

    Please put the team up for sale.

  13. As a Redskins fan experiencing last season, this is a stupid move. With a qb that runs at times you need a good backup, because Colin will get hurt at some point. Plus, what if Colin was just a one year wonder like Mr. Newton. Just don’t think this is a smart move, to many what ifs scenarios that could ruin the 9ers season, and without a capable backup, that’s what will happen if something goes wrong with Colin, I mean who was the 3rd string qb last year? Haha my point exactly, not many people probably know.

  14. Please don’t tell me KC just gave up the first overall pick ? In a sense that would make Alex Smith a two time 1st overall pick ?

  15. Whatever the trade was it’ll be to much… Alex Smith is a solid player who has shown improvement but I doubt his ability to overcome the situation in KC he’s not Elite he needs help and lots of it he was in a very favorable position in SF with the amount of talent surronding him… one of the top two offensive lines ..two very good RBs…. a freak at TE several at WR and not to mention a top 5 defense …seriously what is his actual value?…not taking anything away from Kapernick but a guy who only started 10 games made it to the Super Bowl (and nearly won) with the same team Smith took to the NFC championship game the year before… hopefully its all hubub and Matt Moore will get the chance to start that he so rightly deserves he has comparable talent and a bigger arm than Smith…

  16. Uhhhhh…Baalke and Harbaugh can’t draft??? I’ll grant you that the jury is still out on Jenkins and he could be a bust, but 2011 is already one of the greatest drafts in recent memory for any team: Aldon Smith, Kaepernick, Chris Culliver, Kendall Hunter, Bruce Miller.

  17. I think the Niners are setup in perfect position to get Revis now, a player they really need.

    They give up the KC pick, and get Revis in return, and it only adds 7 million to their cap.

    Question is what else would the Niners have to take from the Jets, and with the Niners needing a back up QB now?

    Wonder how much of Sanchez’ salary the Jets would eat to send him on his way?

  18. I don’t get it, Smith and Cassel are like the exact same player (look up their career stats if you don’t believe me).

    This being a big splash speaks to the quality of the QB market this year.

  19. Alex has to be wondering to himself when he will get to play for a team that has at least 1 above average WR

  20. Too bad he’ll be looking up at Peyton and DEN for the next couple years. I think KC is building the blocks though. They will be a great team in the future.

  21. “Should be interesting. I think the 49ers system made Smith look better then he actually was.”

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    Yeah, six coordinators in seven years, multiple head coaches, no receivers…some system!

  22. “I don’t get it, Smith and Cassel are like the exact same player (look up their career stats if you don’t believe me).”

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    Similar career stats mean they’re the same player? Wow. This is insight is Kiper-bad.

  23. Win-win for both teams, no one lost in this bid. Maybe the niners could use tebow……..or not! All seriousness, they have a lot of draft picks to stock pile on the best players available. Chiefs on the other hand don’t have to use the first pick on a QB and smith is an upgrade from last season. That gives the AFC west just got more competitive minus the raiders and I still have to see what the chargers do. They do need to grab a number two guy in case of an injury but this opens the door for them to get a big name WR and TE via FA or draft. Grab some o line to protect smith, I now see the cheifs winning 10+ games next season for second place behind denver

  24. Can someone explain to me how the Lions can lose draft picks for “tampering” because Gunther said he’d like a certain player on his team, but these guys can agree to a trade over 2 weeks before Free Agency starts??

  25. alex smith is just as garbage as Matt cassell…very dumb trade…i would take geno smith over alex smith any day ….sorry haters but i saw geno play in college…hate all u want but geno was a beast…they score 70..their defense would give up 80….thats not the QBs fault…

  26. sweetzinger says:
    Feb 27, 2013 12:10 PM
    Draft picks don’t mean anything. Look at how well they dafted last year.

    It’s amazing how they aced the 2011 draft, and then botched the entire 2012 draft.

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    You mean their draft that was 100% for depth? You may want to understand context before judging a draft.

    Only time will tell how they did last year.

  27. Not a great move, unless KC makes a massive leap in every other area next year. KC’s a mediocre team. Remember how good Alex Smith was on 49ers while they were mediocre?
    Smith is NOT a quarterback who can play well on a bad team, especially not behind that TERRIBLE offensive line.

  28. @stats5 says:
    Feb 27, 2013 12:11 PM
    Baalke and Harbaugh have not shown yet that they can draft very well, so additional draft picks will not help.
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    Not much data to go on yet (since 2013 rookies did not get on the field much – this team is deep) but, 2012 rookies did extremely well:

    1. Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
    2. Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
    3. Chris Culliver, CB, South Carolina
    4. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
    5. Daniel Kilgore, OL, Appalachian State
    6. Ronald Johnson, WR, USC
    7. Colin Jones, S, TCU
    8. Bruce Miller, DL/FB, Central Florida

  29. “Similar career stats mean they’re the same player? Wow. This is insight is Kiper-bad.”

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    Ok, you tell me in what ways Smith has proved he’s a better player than Cassel. They have very similar mobility, size, experience and results. Smith is a year or so younger, that’s the only improvement I see for KC. They’re going to have the exact same struggles in the passing game if they can’t drastically improve the O line and receiving corps.

  30. mack2x:

    This is a trade, not free agency signing. Teams can agree any time to trade a player so long as the actual transaction occurs during the proper timeframe.

  31. As a Chiefs fan I am really excited about this pick up. If Smith doesn’t get a concussion, he finishes the season in San Fran and Kaepernick is still holdin the clipboard. Smith is not a bad QB, Kaepernick just didnt do anything to justify taking him out once he got his chance. I hope and pray this isn’t another Cassel type deal, but Clark Hunt has really made some strides already this offseason to show the KC fans he is committed to winning again.

  32. At last, KC got a 1st overall pick QB…hooray?

    We got a 1st overall pick and it had to be the year where there’s no sure fire QB in the draft…SMH.

  33. jtputzy says:
    Feb 27, 2013 12:10 PM
    Yes! As Cards fan I did NOT want him. Go gettem KC. We will see what Andy Reid is made of with respect developing qbs.

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    If I were a Cards fan, I’d take Smith in a heart beat over Skelton and Kolb.

  34. avanderlay says:
    Feb 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    Ok, you tell me in what ways Smith has proved he’s a better player than Cassel. They have very similar mobility, size, experience and results. Smith is a year or so younger, that’s the only improvement I see for KC. They’re going to have the exact same struggles in the passing game if they can’t drastically improve the O line and receiving corps.
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    Smith played in a new offense every single year up until this last one. Cassel racked up his stats playing in the Patriots system he had been in his entire career to that point and with a very good group around him. He still didn’t get his team into the playoffs that year. Smith’s stats are bogged down by his rookie season where he wasn’t ready to start and by the season where he played under an inept offensive coordinator (who is no longer in the league) and 4-5 games with a separated throwing shoulder. And find me a season where Smith threw as many picks as Cassel did last year. The difference is Smith has gotten better each season. Cassel has gotten worse.

  35. 1. @avanderlay- Most QBs in the NFL will struggle when they have to drastically improve their O-Line and Receiving corps.

    2. @jh500 says- What makes you think they will be throwing it 40, 50 times a game?… Reid has averaged throwing the ball 35 times a game his entire career as a head coach!

    3. @dal24la says- Not many QBs play well on bad teams especially with TERRIBLE offensive lines. And feel free to let me know who they are!

  36. @stats5
    well lets see…. in 2011 the 49ers drafted aldon Smith, colin Kaepernick, kendall hunter, chris culliver, and bruce miller.. all in the 1 draft. so keep telling yourself that harbaugh and baalke don’t draft well and the 15 picks they have this year won’t matter. we will all be laughing at you all the way to the super bowl…. again. lol

  37. 4. @r8rsfan says- Your team has so many problems the last thing you should do is judge another teams trades or draft picks, as a matter of fact you guys could use a game manager. (Also the Chiefs won’t be throwing the ball 40 or 50 times a game)

    5. @redpillmindstate- Exactly what is your point?
    It’s football, it’s about building an Offense around a QB and having solid coaching! Alex Smith was put in a horrible situation from the start, when he actually had a good offensive minded coach he responded (see his stats in 2006), then the rug was pulled from under him until Harbaugh came. Hopefully Reid will continue to be a solid Coach and you will see the results.

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