The talk of where quarterback Alex Smith will land is coming to an end. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade Smith to Kansas City. The trade will be official on March 12.
The Chiefs, who hold the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, reportedly expressed interest in Alex Smith over West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that the Chiefs will gave up their 2013 second-round pick, which is the second pick in the second round, and a conditional mid-round pick in 2014.
This opens the door for the Chiefs to take Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who is rated as the top player by most scouts. If the Chiefs don't re-sign offensive tackle Branden Albert, the decision to draft Joeckel with the first pick becomes an obvious one.
Is this a good deal for Kansas City?
Alex Smith threw 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the past two seasons with the 49ers in 25 starts. He was taken with the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and struggled in the first four years with the 49ers. Since 2009, Smith turned his career around and put up better numbers and led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game during the 2011-12 season.
This past year, Smith left early with an injury in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams and threw only one more pass the entire season. Colin Kaepernick filled in and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.