The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to make a deal that will send QB Alex Smith to the Chiefs and a 2nd round draft pick in 2013 and another pick in 2014 to the 49ers. The deal nearly assures Smith that the Chiefs want him as the starter and most likely former starting QB Matt Cassel will soon be cut by the Chiefs.
Smith was enjoying perhaps his best season as a pro when he missed a game from a concussion and QB Colin Kaepernick took over and never gave the starting job back to Smith. Smith played in a little more than 9 games and finished with a very solid 70.2% completion rate, 1,737 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, only 5 interceptions, and maintained a 104.1 passer rating which is one of the best in the league.
In Smith’s last two games he was on a streak where he had completed 25 of his last 27 passes for four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
When Smith return from his injury the 49ers decided to stick with Kaepernick who proved to be a quality quarterback also. Kaepernick has the ability to take a team to the top, but Smith has the ability to not let a team sink. The 49ers went with the higher risk/award guy and now that leaves Smith with a new gig in Kansas City with new head coach Andy Reid.
The AFC west just keeps getting better. The Chiefs now have a new head coach, a solid quarterback, and the first overall draft pick. Look for them to add a OT to help with protection for their new QB. The San Diego Chargers have a new coach in Mike McCoy and he should be able to revive a struggling Philip Rivers and Chargers’ offense. They also have an early pick and may grab a franchise OT as well.
The AFC west is starting to shape up like it could be the best race for a division title that it has seen in a while. I’m glad it won’t be a cake walk for the Denver Broncos, but I still see them winning it hands down.