If Chiefs go 8-8, they owe 49ers a second

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The 49ers used Kansas City’s second-round pick this year to add another pick in the third round next year.

And depending on how the Chiefs play, it could net the 49ers yet another second-rounder next year.

Peter King of SI.com has filled in the blanks on the conditional 2014 pick the Chiefs owe the 49ers to complete the Alex Smith trade, noting that it’s a second-rounder if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better, but will be a third if they’re 7-9 or worse.

Getting to .500 could be a reasonable goal for the Chiefs, who have checked off many boxes this offseason, beginning with finding a quarterback.

And the better Smith plays, the better able his old team will be to make more draft-day moves.

The 49ers could have as many as three extra third-rounders in addition to their own picks, which would mean six of the first 100 picks.

They own Tennessee’s third by trading this year’s 34th overall pick so the Titans could move up six spots to get wide receiver Justin Hunter.

They’ll get the pick to be determined from the Chiefs, and possibly a compensatory third-rounder for losing free agent safety Dashon Goldson and not signing a replacement in free agency.

That means the 49ers will either have a first, two seconds and three thirds if the Chiefs make a giant leap, or a first, a second and four thirds. The 49ers also have Carolina’s seventh-rounder from a 2012 trade for special teamer Colin Jones.

That means they can continue to make moves, and use picks on fliers such as injured running back Marcus Lattimore, chances other teams with limited picks can’t afford to take.

19 responses to “If Chiefs go 8-8, they owe 49ers a second

  1. No way they go 8-8 with no QB, nope.

    The Chiefs will repeat as basement champions.

  2. So if the Chiefs are 7-8 by Week 16 and out of playoff contention; what incentive do they have to win?

    Advantage: Chargers Week 17 opponent.

  3. I don’t like the trade from the Chiefs perspective because Alex Smith isn’t worth it. Is he better then what they had? Yes. Will he win a Superbowl with KC? No. Can the Chiefs go 8-8? With that D, a new head coach, in that division. Yes.

  4. Further evidence that the Chiefs were trading for mediocrity. Great franchises strive for Super Bowl championships, while poor ones strive for 8-8 type seasons.

    As for a potential Week 17 quandary, the players don’t give a crap if they lose a 2nd round pick instead of a 3rd round pick. Doubt if the coaches care much either (relative to winning the game).

  5. well to be honest if they don’t go 8-8 they are more likely to be 6-10 cause it probably means they didn’t get it together and the difference still wouldn’t be that great because an 8-8 team would get mid 2nd round pick and a 6-10 team would get a top 1/3 of the 3rd round maybe a 20 slot difference at most again advantage niners for the record as a ram fan im hoping chiefs do well lowering the pick for niners and more importantly the skins lose making the rams (who on the skins first pick again next year) an even higher pick

  6. Just for the love of the sport and character guys like Alex Smith, I hope the Chiefs go deep into the playoffs. Good luck, Alex!

  7. It’s possible there’s an outside chance of an 8-8 season for the Chiefs, but their fans need to lower their expectations a tad. They’re coming off a two win season with an entirely new system to learn, and an average QB at best.

  8. I think the Chiefs will finish between the 7-9 and 9-7 marks. Its not really an “entirely new system” for everyone. Smith has ran west coast and spread before in his career and he’ll be the one leading it.. him already being familiar with it helps a great deal in getting the rest of the offense familiar with it. I think guys like Fasano, Avery, and Kelce will make bigger impacts on offense than people expect. The Chiefs have had good weapons around their QB for the last few years, they’ve just never had a good QB around their weapons. People can say what they want about Smith being a Harbaugh product, but he’s improved in every season of his career.. Harbaugh or not. He’s tested and has a chip on his shoulder. I’m not saying the Chiefs will be this year’s Colts, but I’m expecting a quick turnaround for them.

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