Alex Smith Headed to Kansas CityPosted: February 28, 2013
Yesterday’s events were too much of a buzz not to mention concerning the draft.
Colin Kaepernick may be the big man in San Francisco following a Super Bowl appearance, but it’s Alex Smith that’s been making headlines the past couple days. After only a few days of rumors concerning Kansas City bringing in Smith, it seems a deal is now in place, as reported by NFL insider Jay Glazer and later ESPN’s top football analyst Adam Schefter.
Ad @jayglazer reported, 49ers have agreed to trade Alex Smith to Chiefs. Trade will be for draft picks – as in plural, per NFL sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2013
The trade, which apparently will send the 49ers the Chiefs’ 2nd-round pick this season (34th overall) and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (either a 2nd or 3rd), cannot be completed until Mar. 12 at the earliest, according to Glazer.
It will be interesting to see where San Francisco goes with another pick added to the stockpile. With the moving of Smith, the 49ers are now extremely top-heavy in the draft–bringing up strong resemblances to the Bill Belichick strategy of trading veterans for picks. The 49ers are entering this season’s draft with a very strong bargaining position for any potential moves with five picks in the top three rounds.
The Chiefs acquiring a starting quarterback could shake up the draft dramatically. Any chances of Kansas City taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith are out the window. Given their offensive line problems, a more likely target is Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.
The acquisition of Smith means that Matt Cassel is all-but-certain to be a free-agent in the near future, and young quarterback Ricky Stanzi could become trade-bait for teams looking for a young quarterback to challenge an incumbent starter–the Jets or Jaguars come to mind.
Brady Quinn will not be re-signed by the Chiefs as well, and will hit the market as a potential back up following an atrocious season. Chris Mortensen of ESPN mentioned on NFL 32 that Quinn is likely to end up in New York as a challenger to Mark Sanchez.