The word is out now. Alex Smith will be on his way to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have a deal in place to send the eight-year veteran to the Chiefs for draft picks. The report right now is that it’s likely to be a second-round pick this year and a conditional one next year.
Is that a good deal?
The Chiefs traded a second round pick several years ago to acquire Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. Without a good consistent quarterback for so long, a second round pick at the time seemed fair enough to the Chiefs. Now that Cassel has not worked, Andy Reid has decided that a second round pick is worth it for a quarterback that’s still young (28) and most recently was leading the league in completion percentage.
For the Chiefs, they get a good quarterback that can work with Reid and make the Chiefs relevant again.
The 49ers on the other hand probably got the best deal possible for Smith. The Chiefs hold the 34th overall pick and knowing the 49ers’ recent draft history, they can make the most out of that pick. In the past two seasons, the 49ers used their second round picks on Colin Kaepernick and LaMichael James.
It’s good ammunition and getting that for a quarterback that has been to the playoffs and has a recent record of success, I think both sides come out on top here. And if the 49ers are also getting a top draft pick next season, it’s a cherry on top for them.
I wish Alex Smith a safe journey to Kansas City and I hope that the 49ers and Chiefs benefit well from this trade. His former teammates probably feel the same way.