It’s taken me a couple of days to accept this, but the Alex Smith trade does make sense. It makes a whole lot of sense for the 49ers, who reportedly get a 2nd rounder in 2012 and a conditional 3rd rounder in 2013. It makes sense for Alex Smith, who is going to a team that has seemingly fully committed to him for the foreseeable future, especially if the rumor of a proposed 5-year deal has any legitimacy. And finally, it makes sense for the Chiefs, and let me explain why.
The Chiefs are not that young of a team. They have veterans scattered throughout the team, especially on defense, where guys like Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers are in their prime and might not be by the time a rookie quarterback developed into the kind of player that can consistently make the team a contender. The same goes for guys like Eric Winston and Jamaal Charles on offense, and no telling how many good years Charles has left in him (history is not on his side).
No matter how much the league slants the rules to favor the passing game, a patient and sound running game is always going to be a QB’s best friend. The difference and distance (and difficulty) between third-and-5 and third-and-10 is so much more than five yards.
Smith has to be pampered a bit, but it’s worth pampering a quarterback who can deliver a ball accurately more than 70 percent of the time. Smith is an ascending player. He’s playing the best football of his life.
If Chiefs fans want to compare Smith to a previous KC quarterback, choose Rich Gannon. He was 33 years old, a backup, a fan and locker-room favorite and a late-blooming, ascending player when the Hunts let him escape to Oakland. Jon Gruden placed Gannon in the right formula and created a league MVP.
The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.
You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.
DAY 20 of 30
Dwight Freeney played for the Indianapolis Colts, for the last 11 years. However, the unrestricted free agent is looking for a new home, where he can chase down QBs, en route to possibly, another Super Bowl opportunity. Let’s take a closer look at what has made Dwight Freeney an imposing defensive end.
Name: Dwight Freeney
Born: February 19, 1980
Experience: 11 seasons
Drafted: 1st Round-11th overall in 2002, by the Indianapolis Colts
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Kansas City Chiefs had agreed to a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to bring Alex Smith to Kansas City. The deal is not official until March 12, so there is some speculation as to what exactly the Chiefs gave up for Smith. Early reports indicate that the Chiefs’ 2013 2nd round draft pick is part of the deal.
Here is what the experts had to say about the Chiefs acquiring Smith:
The Denver Broncos have used their non-exclusive franchise tag on all-pro left tackle Ryan Clady, who is considered one of the league’s best pass blockers.
Clady and the Broncos broke off contract negotiations just before training camp when they couldn’t agree on a new deal.
Denver has planned since last fall to use the tag on Clady, though the team still hopes to work out a long-term contract. Unless he gets a new deal, Clady will make $9.828 million under the franchise tag in 2013.
The Alex Smith trade to the Kansas City Chiefs is not official yet because it cannot go through until the start of the new league year March 12.
So, Colin Kaepernick, who replaced Smith as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was delicate when addressing the matter during an appearance on NFL Network Thursday. It’s apparent the two had a solid relationship, though, over the course of two seasons as teammates.
“He’s been a great friend, a great mentor,” Kaepernick said, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “So anywhere he goes — or if he’s still with us — he’s going to be successful.”