The question surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is not if he’ll be traded or even when, for that matter. It’s where he’ll end up that has everyone puzzled at this point. Of course, we can speculate based on which teams are in most need of a quarterback, but there’s one that sticks out and that’s the Kansas City Chiefs.
Andy Reid is the new head coach in Kansas City and he was a pioneer of this pass-happy football generation, so he needs a quality quarterback and the Chiefs don’t have one. They do have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but no quarterback coming out of college is even remotely close to being worth that selection.
With Michael Vick now off the market for at least another year, it would make the most sense at this point for the Chiefs to trade for Smith. Kansas City is almost $2 million under the league’s tentative $121 million salary cap for 2013 and Smith’s deal isn’t a hefty one by any stretch of the imagination. If Smith is traded to the Chiefs, it’s safe to assume that Matt Cassel would become a cap casualty since both players’ 2013 salaries are identical ($7.5 million). Now for the fun stuff.
When Reid was successful in Philadelphia, he ran an offense that was full of a short, quick passes. That’s the definition of the West Coast offense, but Reid has his own version after running it for so long. Now Smith doesn’t have the arm to make the deep throws that Donovan McNabb did, but he can certainly make all the dinks and dunks to be successful under Reid.
Smith is no Peyton Manning, but his small ball ability, if you will, coupled with Reid’s new scheme could make solid players out of Chiefs receivers Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin now that Dwayne Bowe is out of the picture. And everyone knows Reid can use a special player like Dexter McCluster in special situations. He always had a player like that in Philly and now he has that in Kansas City in addition to two quality running backs in Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.
There are definitely some solid pieces in Kansas City with which Reid can work and adding in a smart, sound signal-caller like Smith would just be icing on the cake.