It was announced today via the twitter of CBS’s Jason La Canfora that apparently Alex Smith, quaterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been traded to an unknown team. This team can remain unknown until March 12th when the free agency period opens, as Smith can’t be officially dealt until then.
The big name being thrown around is the Kansas City Chiefs as they have the number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and if they pull off this trade they could get a franchise quarterback for far less than the first pick. Also, the Chiefs can still take another elite prospect such as left tackle Luke Jockel to provide protection for Smith for years to come, not to mention, pay dividends in the run game as running back Jamaal Charles could become an elite player behind an excellent offensive line.
Smith is an above average quarterback with a high football IQ, whom has passed for 14,280 yards with 81 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in his seven year career with the 49ers. In 2012, he was having the best start to his career as he had 1,737 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games, then in the game versus the St. Louis Rams, Smith had to leave the game due to a concussion and never played again the rest of the year in meaningful time.
As a result of this and with Colin Kaepernick taking over the helm, Smith has requested a release from his contract despite being guaranteed $8.5 million if he is on the 49ers Week 1 of the 2013 NFL Season, and the 49ers rejected this suggestion as they likely wanted something of substance in return and didn’t want to lose him to possible divisional rival, the Arizona Cardinals. All and all, it shall be interesting to see where Smith ends up for the 2013 season and if he continues his progression he’s had in the last two seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh.