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

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with quarterback Alex Smith during warm ups ahead of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans 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.

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76 Responses to “Report: 49ers have agreed to send Alex Smith to KC”
  1. jeremywflores says: Feb 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    I expect us to trade up a couple times with all those draft picks. Sadly, four of them are 7th round picks.

  2. heyguru1969 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    Alex Smith gets KC.
    San Francisco keeps CK.

    Win-Win.

  3. pnut87 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:07 PM

    KC and SanFran better hunker down for the impending “tampering” fines incoming from you know who.

  4. phinfan says: Feb 27, 2013 12:08 PM

    Solid pick up for Andy Reid. Andy will make this team competitive. I’m happy he didn’t land at a AFC East team.

  5. thedreamcomparison says: Feb 27, 2013 12:08 PM

    How scary is it that the 49ers have 14 picks this year. Wow.

  6. chut26 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    Wonder what the compensation is? 2nd? 3rd?

  7. fissels says: Feb 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    Good move for both teams. I wonder what the Cards are gonna do for a QB?

  8. Just a Fan says: Feb 27, 2013 12:09 PM

    I don’t see how he is that much of an upgrade over their QB’s on the roster. Not with the players on the Chiefs roster now.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    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.

  12. tjacks7 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. andyreidisthegoat says: Feb 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    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

  15. andyreidsbossoms says: Feb 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    Finally!! Andy Reid gets fleeced

  16. whatnojets says: Feb 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    Skirting the official start of trading day??

  17. sneakerhead11 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:13 PM

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

  18. bengalsstillsuck says: Feb 27, 2013 12:13 PM

    Good for him Chiefs are not a bad team they will be much improved next season with this guy im just happy he didnt get traded to Cleveland.

  19. bucrightoff says: Feb 27, 2013 12:13 PM

    I like how your link that’s supposed to go to the Glazer article is just a link to this page. Well played.

  20. skinsfaninnebraska says: Feb 27, 2013 12:14 PM

    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.

  21. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:15 PM

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

  22. airstreamtex says: Feb 27, 2013 12:15 PM

    Orrr you use those extra picks to make big moves in a draft that is deep with talent. 49ers play thier cards right they are in the drivers seat…

  23. coltzfan166 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:16 PM

    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.

  24. dkeyser says: Feb 27, 2013 12:17 PM

    seeing how NONE of their picks did anything at all last year, 14 picks seems about right. Bound to hit on at least one of them right?

  25. accipiterq says: Feb 27, 2013 12:17 PM

    Poor Alex….guy’s already been concussed now he goes to a team with no o-line

  26. radrntn says: Feb 27, 2013 12:17 PM

    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.

  27. justafanofitall says: Feb 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    Actually think Reid will make Cassel a better QB…so they should have two recently good QB for next year. Now get them some help on offense in the terms of WR’s.

  28. myosin10 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    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?

  29. rowdymon says: Feb 27, 2013 12:19 PM

    Wait, they are not sticking with Brady Quinn? Shocking.

  30. ncs115 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:20 PM

    Good to see that florio has caught up to last weeks news

  31. rj2323 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:20 PM

    Chiefs will make the playoffs not GREAT move

  32. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 27, 2013 12:21 PM

    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.

  33. ftblfan9 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    Cassell to New England, Mallett to Cleveland.

  34. phelbin says: Feb 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    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.

  35. baymac408 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:23 PM

    This isn’t final.. I don’t believe it yet till its official… I would rather see us make a move for REVIS…

  36. slickster35 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:23 PM

    Horrible raider like trade.

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

    Please put the team up for sale.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:24 PM

    Solid move.

  38. floridaslonechargersfan says: Feb 27, 2013 12:24 PM

    Now we get to see how Alex Smith handles throwing the ball fifty times a game and running it maybe ten times a game.

  39. kuhawks2010 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:25 PM

    As a Chiefs fan I guess he is a upgrade over Casell, but not by much.

  40. kane337 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:25 PM

    Good for Alex Smith. He should do well working with Andy Reid.

  41. joecool16280 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:25 PM

    Alex Smith is as classy as they get. Hope he finds happiness and success.

    -Ninerfans

  42. rtant2013 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:26 PM

    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.

  43. bamboozle99 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:26 PM

    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 ?

  44. ytownjoe says: Feb 27, 2013 12:28 PM

    KC still needs more pieces. It’s gonna take Reid a couple of years to get this team competitive.

  45. redpillmindstate says: Feb 27, 2013 12:31 PM

    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…

  46. bleedgreen11 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:32 PM

    Wait for Reid to make this poor guy lob passes 50 times a game.

  47. ccjcsr says: Feb 27, 2013 12:36 PM

    Matt Cassell is searching for a realtor!

  48. coltzfan166 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:36 PM

    @ justafanofitall

    KC isn’t keeping Cassel. He was brought in by a regime that’s no longer there. He’s too expensive. And the fans don’t want him.

  49. willbow5253 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:37 PM

    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.

  50. wrdtoyrmama says: Feb 27, 2013 12:39 PM

    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?

  51. avanderlay says: Feb 27, 2013 12:48 PM

    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.

  52. schmitty2 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:50 PM

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

  53. bubbrister says: Feb 27, 2013 1:03 PM

    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.

  54. peopletrains says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

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

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

  55. peopletrains says: Feb 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    “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).”

    ———————————————————-

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

  56. broncosnative says: Feb 27, 2013 1:18 PM

    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

  57. cameltoehoe says: Feb 27, 2013 1:20 PM

    WE WIN!

  58. r8rsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 1:24 PM

    Captain checkdown, the game manager. Thrown into an offense known for 50+ throws a game. Does that sound like a recipe for success?

  59. thermalito says: Feb 27, 2013 1:28 PM

    This will allow them to make a run at Darrelle Revis.

  60. jprcox says: Feb 27, 2013 1:30 PM

    …and with that trade, Geno Smith says “hello 2nd round”…!

  61. mack2x says: Feb 27, 2013 1:35 PM

    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??

  62. rabbdogg says: Feb 27, 2013 1:44 PM

    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…

  63. JackAcid says: Feb 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    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.

    ——————————————-

    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.

  64. dal24la says: Feb 27, 2013 1:55 PM

    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.

  65. bobhk says: Feb 27, 2013 1:57 PM

    @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.
    ——————–

    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

  66. jh500 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    Have fun throwing it 40, 50 times a game… Reid doesn’t care how limited you are as a passer.

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

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

    —–

    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.

  68. jprcox says: Feb 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    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.

  69. swmocardsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 2:06 PM

    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.

  70. anrgydeafman says: Feb 27, 2013 2:55 PM

    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.

  71. sourdoughsam says: Feb 27, 2013 3:15 PM

    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.

    _____________________________

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

  72. sourdoughsam says: Feb 27, 2013 3:21 PM

    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.
    __________________________

    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.

  73. 4ever9er says: Feb 27, 2013 4:06 PM

    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!

  74. spfinne says: Feb 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    @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

  75. 4ever9er says: Feb 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    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.

  76. jprcox says: Feb 27, 2013 7:40 PM

    bobhk :

    Kaepernick was a 2011 draft class pick, not 2012.

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