We all know the Kansas City Chiefs traded their 2013 second-round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith but until today, we didn’t know exactly what else they traded.
When the news of the Smith trade broke, reports indicated that there was a conditional 2014 pick involved. Supposedly KC offered up a third-round pick that could become a second-round pick. But nobody knew the conditions.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has revealed that if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better in 2013, KC has to give the 49ers their 2014 second-rounder.
A third- or second-rounder from Kansas City, the remnant of the Alex Smith deal. Now it can be told: The second draft choice San Francisco will receive from the Smith deal will be K.C.’s second-rounder in 2014 if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better this season. It will be a third-rounder in 2014 if Kansas City is under .500 this season.
So: San Francisco will probably have first-, second- and four third-rounders next year. But if the Chiefs surprise, it’ll more likely be a one, two twos and three threes. As we’ve seen, GM Trent Baalke is dangerous with extra picks in his hands. If Colin Kaepernick is very good, the Niners should be annual contenders for years with the picks laid out that way.
I can live with this. I’d rather the deal be “if the Chiefs make the playoffs” but if KC can get to 8-8, they should be in the playoff race for most of the season. Eight wins would mar a +six game improvement. Considering the Chiefs managed to win seven games a couple of years ago with Tyler Palko at QB and no Jamaal Charles, I think it is reasonable to think the squad could get to 8-8 with Smith and Andy Reid.
Then again, I thought the Chiefs could win the AFC West with Romeo Crennel as the head coach so what the hell do I know?
What do you think, Addicts? Did the Chiefs get a raw deal here?