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Alex Smith Traded to Kansas City

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The Chiefs will reportedly give up a second round pick to acquire the displaced 49ers quarterback.

Alex Smith Traded to Kansas City

When Colin Kaepernick emerged as Jim Harbaugh's starting quarterback last year after incumbent QB Alex Smith suffered a concussion, the writing was all over the wall spelling out Smith's eventual departure. San Francisco couldn't keep both of them after benching Smith, so the next logical step was trading the former first overal pick.

The Kansas City Chiefs ended up being the team that stepped up to acquire Smith after plenty of other rumors swirled about (the Bills and others were thrown in as a potential landing spots). Jay Glazer was the man to break the news earlier this morning with this tweet:

The Chiefs are reportedly ready to give up a second round pick for Smith (which at #34 is basically like a late first round pick) and will really look to make this work. When you look at what the QB situation has been in Kansas City, Smith (arm strength issues and all) is a sizable upgrade over quarterbacks like Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, Tyler Palko, and Brodie Croyle that they have used over the past few years. Smith has shown incredible accuracy over the last two seasons and was the highest-rated QB in the league before his injury last year. Kansas City has plenty of weapons on offense, and Smith should be able to find them.

The 49ers were able to parlay Smith into another solid draft choice, giving them the following draft picks (as tweeted out by Jimmy Kempski): 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, as well as projected comp. picks of 4, 7 and 7. That's quite a lot of draft picks, which they could either use to stockpile young talent to add to their core OR for trade options. Will Brinson of CBS Sports thought about the possibility of packaging some of these picks to bolster the secondary by potentially poaching Darrelle Revis from the Jets. Adding Revis to that defense just doesn't seem fair, and if the Niners could pull that off as a result of trading Smith, that would be a preposterous coups for them.

It seems like both teams get what they want out of this trade: KC gets their quarterback, SF gets rid of their extra quarterback (making it Colin Kaepernick's team) and they get an extra draft pick to work with. We'll obviously have to see if Smith can continue his success outside of San Francisco and under new coach Andy Reid, but I really do feel like he has taken a step in recent seasons.

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