The Kansas City Chiefs are at it again, once again dealing for another team’s backup quarterback while seeking a solution for their problems under center. Four years ago, it was Matt Cassel, and now it’s Alex Smith. According to sources, the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers agreed to a deal that will send Smith to Kansas City, though the deal won’t be official until March 12.
On the one hand, it makes sense that new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid looked at this April’s draft and realized that there’s no franchise savior at QB. Geno Smith will probably be the first QB off the board, but as I wrote in my combine review, his tape shows inconsistent accuracy. There are times when he looks fully under control, but other times where his throws are all over the place. There’s no way Reid could’ve felt confident with Geno Smith as his Week 1 starter in 2013.
Kansas City Chiefs players are preparing to rally around quarterback Alex Smith once his trade from the San Francisco 49ers is finalized after the new league year begins March 12.
“I know I’m going to do everything I can to help him,” Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.
The Chiefs, under new coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey, finalized an agreement to trade San Francisco their second-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick in 2014 in exchange for Smith, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft who was unseated as the 49ers starter in November.
Kansas City will trade its second-round pick in the 2013 draft — the second selection (No. 34 overall) in the round — as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014 to acquire Smith from San Francisco, a league source told ESPN.
The 49ers now own 15 picks in the 2013 draft.
As a result of the trade, the Chiefs are expected to release former starting quarterback Matt Cassel, league sources told ESPN. Cassel has two years remaining on a $63 million, six-year deal he signed with Kansas City after he was acquired in a trade from the Patriots in 2009. He failed to live up to the lofty contract, however, and was benched during the 2012 season.
“It was bittersweet,” Pam Smith said. “It was hard. Alex had worked long and hard and been through a lot of coaching turnover, and a lot of issues … injuries. It seems like things were really clicking, and he was playing at an exceptional high level. It was hard.”
Pam, a deputy director for San Diego County Health and Human Services, and her husband, Doug, a retired high school principal, attend every one of Alex’s games.
She said Kansas City will be a good fit for her son.
“You’re going to get a smart, very hard-working, very high-character person,” she said, “and by any measure, one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.”
Judged in a vacuum, the Chiefs made themselves better on Wednesday. That’s Dorsey’s job, to make the football team better. Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn tag-teamed an awful quarterback situation for the Chiefs last season, and Dorsey knew he had to fix this before addressing anything else.
Trading for Alex Smith — who took the 49ers within a whisker of the Super Bowl two years ago and was the league’s leading passer when he got hurt last year — makes the Chiefs better. To win games in 2013, this was the Chiefs’ best available option. Dorsey is a football man, and winning is his main concern.