Chiefs acquired QB Alex Smith from the 49ers in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Four years after trading for the Patriots' backup quarterback, the Chiefs have swung a deal for the 49ers' clipboard holder. The price tag is shocking. The Niners received the 34th pick this year plus a 2014 conditional third-rounder that can escalate to an additional second-rounder -- for a career game manager. It's similar to what the Cardinals paid for Kevin Kolb in 2011 and Kansas City paid for Matt Cassel in 2009. Smith is an upgrade on Cassel, but his mediocre skill set prevents offenses from playing explosive football and threatening downfield. The deal is done, but won't be "official" until the new league year opens on March 12. The 49ers are now armed with five draft picks in the top 93. The Chiefs are slated to pick just twice in the top 95. In Andy Reid's pass-happy West Coast scheme, Expect plenty of Smith checkdowns to Jamaal Charles.
Chiefs pay heavy for Cassel.
Raiders pay heavy for Palmer (and other QB's)
Now the Chiefs pay a 2nd (and maybe a 3rd) for Alex Smith.
THANK YOU GOD FOR HAVING DENVER IN THIS DIVISION.
(Also glad an old Gates is STILL the best WR on the Chargers core of D. Alexander, Meachem, Floyd, Royal, and a constantly hurt Brown).