On Sunday evening, rumors swirled that the San Francisco 49ers and another unknown team have a deal in place surrounding quarterback Alex Smith. CBS Sports’ Jason La Confora stated on Twitter that the teams that make the most sense are the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.
On the surface, the Chiefs seem like an ideal fit. Reports earlier in the year indicated that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid tried recruiting him last season to the Philadelphia Eagles, but ultimately never panned out. With speculation that Matt Cassel is virtually out of the mix in Kansas City, Reid may finally obtain the quarterback that he desires.
Should Smith land in Kansas City, he will have the inside track to the starting role come Week 1. After seven up-and-down years in the Bay, he would get a shot to a call team his own. Given protection, Smith can play the position effectively.
Armed with the first-overall pick in this year’s draft, the Chiefs have the option of selecting left tackle Luke Joeckel or quarterback Geno Smith. But with current Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert possibly leaving via free agency, Reid’s new quarterback will need blind-side help.
Even with Smith on the roster, the Chiefs still have an uphill battle to climb in the AFC West. The Denver Broncos are head and shoulders above the competition, and with a lack of weapons on offense, the Chiefs could be staring at another long year. Jamaal Charles is a premier runner, but if receiver Dwayne Bowe hits the open market and does not return, Kansas City’s offense will suffer a major setback.
On the other end, it’s unclear what the 49ers would receive in the perceived trade. If they net a mid-round pick for their signal-caller, the deal should be considered a win. Even though San Francisco loses the NFL’s best backup quarterback, they also rid themselves of his $7.5 million in guaranteed salary. That money could then be used to help shore up their weaknesses.
Will Smith follow fellow 49er quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Bono to K.C.? Who knows. The news can’t be official until Mar. 12, which is the start of the league year. Until then, let the talk and chatter continue.
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