According to Jay Glazer, the 49ers and Chiefs have agreed to a deal sending Alex Smith to Kansas City.
Tim Kawakami is reporting that the 49ers will receive the Chiefs’ second round pick in 2013 as well as a similar pick in 2014. Although the deal can’t be finalized until the league year begins on March 12th, this essentially guarantees the 49ers a hefty haul for Smith. Presumably, San Francisco now owns the 31st and 34th overall picks, allowing them to draft not only for need, but talent as well.
People have wondered for weeks what Smith is worth, and talks started heating up after the quarterbacks performed at the Combine over the weekend. Jason LaCanfora was the first to tweet about the 49ers having a deal in place for Smith, and with the Jaguars and Browns dropping out of the conversation, the Chiefs became the likeliest destination.
There was some speculation about the Arizona Cardinals getting in the mix, but LaCanfora shot down the rumors this morning, saying the Cardinals’ “offer was weak.” I was actually finishing up a post on the possibility of a trade within the division when the news broke. It was beautifully written too, but none of you will ever get to see it.
If everything that’s being reported is true, this is about as good as it gets for the 49ers. Details will emerge in the future about exactly what the 2014 pick is, but if the 49ers are indeed getting a 2013 second rounder in return for Smith, they now own 15 picks in this year’s draft. Now all of our speculative energies will turn toward possible trades (Percy Harvin? Darrelle Revis?).
This “potential” trade looks to be a good one for the former No. 1 overall pick, as well. Kansas City has reportedly made a “real commitment” to Smith, presumably meaning his tenure with the Chiefs will be a long-term one rather than a one- or two-year stopgap before handing the reins to the quarterback of the future.
One thing is certain: Kansas City’s fetish for San Francisco’s quarterbacks continues, and the 49ers’ possibilities for the future just got significantly better.