Alex’s time in San Francisco has been up for a while but his next stop will be Kansas City.
According to Fox Sports and ESPN, it is being reported that the San Francisco 49ers will trade Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. In return, the 49ers will get 2nd round draft pick in this upcoming draft in April (34th overall pick) and a conditional mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Of course, the trade is not official yet. It cannot be made official until the start of the league year on March 12th.
In going to a new team is of course included another coach for Alex to work under. Coach Andy Reid will be the fourth head coach that Smith will have had. Like Smith, Reid is starting anew himself after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 seasons as their head coach.
With the addition of Alex Smith comes a subtraction from Kansas City. Sources are telling ESPN that the Chiefs will cut quarterback Matt Cassel. The 30 year old starter first came to Kansas City via a trade in 2009 after an impressive year in New England filling in for the injured Tom Brady. Cassel had only one decent year with the Chiefs in 2010 but struggled after that. He was benched in the middle of the 2012 season.
Alex Smith’s time in San Francisco can only be compared to a roller coaster ride. He was the first pick in 2005 in a draft that had Aaron Rodgers go 24th overall to the Green Bay Packers. Many fans had high hopes for Smith expecting him to be the next Joe Montana or Steve Young, hopes of which Alex never reached.
In Smith’s first 6 years in the league, he could never catch a break. Whether it was injuries, new offensive coordinators, or just not being able to live up to expectations, Alex was never able to become a good quarterback in the league. It looked like it might’ve changed when Mike Singletary took over as head coach but the team did not improve that much and Singletary was fired near the end of the 2010 season after having 5-10 rec0rd as coach that year.
Jim Harbaugh then was hired out of Stanford and somehow helped Alex Smith redeem his career. In a run heavy conservative offense, Harbaugh turned Smith into a game manager that was effective in 2011. Alex even had a QB rating of 90.7 in his first season under Harbaugh. Smith would go on to have a memorable postseason game in which he would lead the 49ers to victory over the visiting New Orleans Saints.
Smith would come back the following season and was able to lead to the 49ers to a 6-2-1 record before sustaining a concussion at the hands of the St. Louis Rams in week 10. After that, Colin Kaepernick came in for the injured Smith, lit up the Bears the following week, and took over as the new leader of the offense. Kaepernick would lead the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl where they would lose by just 3 points all while Alex looked on from the sidelines.
Alex Smith now gets another shot in another city to prove that he can lead a team deep into the postseason. It was not his fault that the 49ers did not make the Super Bowl in 2011 when they were eliminated by the Giants in the NFC Championship game but neither did Smith shine against New York. While he certainly would’ve loved to lead the 49ers to the big stage himself, Alex is still able to get a starting quarterback job elsewhere and another chance to prove the doubters wrong.
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Written by Daniel Trucios