Kansas City here I come?
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (h/t Yahoo Sports), quarterback Alex Smith has been all but traded away by the San Francisco 49ers. The deal, however, is pending until March 12 when the new league season officially begins.
Alex's new team? Well, if you believe the reports that have surfaced the last couple of days, then there is a very real possibility that Alex Smith could be another member in a long line of former 49ers quarterbacks to leave the Bay area for Kansas City.
Joe Montana, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac all left the San Francisco in favor of Kansas City, and all three times, the Chiefs ended up in the playoffs.
With Alex, the Chiefs have found themselves a quarterback who has played solid the last two seasons, leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game two years ago.
This year, before his benching, Smith led the 49ers to a 6-2 record. The game prior against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, Alex had a near flawless game, finishing 18-of-19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns. One more attempt and completion and Smith would have set an NFL record for highest completion percentage in a regular-season game.
Smith lost his starting job due to a concussion sustained against the Rams in Week 10. With Colin Kaepernick all but entrenched as the starter, Alex Smith became expendable.
Now Alex appears to have found a new home, or a similar home for ex-49er quarterbacks, depending on your view.