There isn’t much else we can do besides speculate and wait for more information, but it appears as if Alex Smith’s days with the San Francisco 49ers are numbered. And including today, that number is 16.
Since we’re all in the mood for some speculation, a lot of people think Smith will play for Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. From Yahoo’s Jason Cole:
Although one source said it’s far too early to guess, Kansas City appears to be the most interested team. The Chiefs are unlikely to use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback this year because none of the top ones – such as Geno Smith and Matt Barkley – appear to be worth it.
Cole also wrote about who the 49ers are targeting at the combine:
Smith is going to get traded and probably sooner than later.
As San Francisco front-office representatives met with several agents to gauge the free-agent market on Friday at the NFL scouting combine, there was a common theme to their discussions.
Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of money once we trade Smith. The 49ers spent much of the day checking with agents on the upcoming cornerback market, which will feature Aqib Talib, Leodis McKelvin, Greg Toler, Cary Williams, Sean Smith, Derek Cox, Quentin Jammer, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and Michael Jenkins. Several of those players figure to cost in the area of $8 million to $9 million per year as the 49ers search for a No. 1 cornerback.
If Smith indeed goes from wearing red and gold to wearing red and … yellow, the 49ers will have succeeded in keeping him out of the NFC West. It’ll also remind people of Kansas City’s historical trend of going after 49ers signal callers. First it was Steve DeBerg (although he had a couple stops in between). Then Joe Montana was traded to the Chiefs in 1993 along with safety David Whitmore and a 3rd round pick for Kansas City’s first rounder. Steve Bono was the No. 2 QB in 1994, after backing up Steve Young the previous few years in San Francisco. Bono started in 1995 and 1996, and in 1997 another former 49ers quarterback, Elvis Grbac, stepped in.
The Chiefs’ list of 2013 draft picks is totally straight up:
Round 1 – Pick 1
Round 2 – Pick 34
Round 3 – Pick 63
Round 4 – Pick 96
Round 5 – Pick 127
Round 6 – Pick 160
Round 7 – Pick 191
If it’s true that the 49ers are telling other teams that they have a deal in place for Smith, the Chiefs are probably offering something pretty decent. However, San Francisco already has 14 draft picks in April so I’m wondering if they may be getting a draft selection in 2014, or maybe even a player.