The trade that so many were speculating about in recent weeks finally happened yesterday.
Yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49′ers agreed to terms that will send the Niners’ veteran QB to Andy Reid’s Chiefs. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the Niners get in return a second-round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional draft pick in 2014.
No trades can become official until March 12th, the first day of the free agent signing period.
Smith’s talents would seem to fit Andy Reid’s west coast offense. He does not have great arm strength, but has developed into a very accurate short to intermediate range passer that makes few mistakes – something Reid will find a welcome change after coaching the mistake-prone Michael Vick in Reid’s final season in Philadelphia last year.
The Chiefs were probably one of the best-ever 2-14 teams in 2011, although that’s hardly a ringing endorsement of their team. However, they have a coach with a proven track record. Reid never did win a Super Bowl, but at one point in his career when Donovan McNabb was in his prime, they went to 4 consecutive NFC Championship games, winning one.
That lone win was in Terrell Owens’ short tenure with the team. Owens had an ankle injury for the Super Bowl but played anyway and had over 100 yards receiving during the game, but ultimately his sideline hi-jinks and motor mouth made him unwelcome in Philadelphia after a very short time.
Andy Reid is one of the better coaches for quarterbacks, but Jim Harbaugh, a 15-year NFL veteran of the position, indeed does seem to have a knack for bringing out the best in his QBs in his own short head coaching tenure on the NFL level.
He also coached Andrew Luck at Stanford, so he has developed several QBs and improved their on-field performance.
It appears KC’s current QB, Matt Cassel, will be released to the scrap heap of career backup-dom as it were.
Now, keep your ears and eyes open to see if the Niners decide to pursue disgruntled cornerback Darrelle Revis.