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27 Feb

Could Alex Smith Trade Lead to Bigger Offseason Pieces Falling Into Place?

By Alex Tronnes Feb. 27, 2013 09:00 PM EST 


It looks as though Alex Smith will be wearing red this coming season after all. Only it will be for the Kansas City Chiefs instead of the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers . The two teams have reportedly reached a deal that will send the former number one overall draft pick to Kansas City for a second round pick in April's NFL Draft and a conditional draft pick in 2014. The deal will become official when the league starts it's season on March 12th, though the reactions to the trade are already flowing.

I find myself wondering what the Chiefs are thinking. Here they are trading another second round draft pick for a back-up quarterback of a Super Bowl contender. Sound familiar? It should, their opening day starter the last four years has been Matt Cassel , acquired for a second round pick from the New England Patriots . Cassel hasn't done a thing over that time to solidify the starting role for Kansas City. Looking further back, the quarterback to last start consecutive opening day games for them was Trent Green . The Chiefs traded with the St. Louis Rams to acquire Green, the back-up to Kurt Warner at the time. It seems Kansas City is just continuing it's trend of being the destination for teams to dump their extra baggage.

Which leads me to another question regarding the Chiefs. Are they watching the rest of the NFL? There are so many examples of teams the last few seasons that have rolled the dice with young quarterbacks early in their careers, and to much success. The Chiefs hold the number one overall pick in the draft and would've had their choice of a signal caller to let newly hired Coach Andy Reid mold and turn into the franchise's quarterback of the future. But instead we will ultimately be stuck hearing comparisons all season between the play of Alex Smith and rookies Geno Smith and Matt Barkley . While Alex Smith may bring a calming presence to the Chiefs offense, I don't think he'll be able to generate enough points to keep up in today's NFL. 

Let's look at the winners of this trade now. The San Fransisco 49ers will now have two selections in the first 34 picks of the draft and 12 picks overall. Draft picks have become the currency in today's NFL and this extra selection gives the 49ers the ammunition they will need if they decide to move up in the first round to secure a player they may covet.

It also gives them a possible trading tool for the services of one Darrelle Revis . The New York Jets were said to be "actively shopping" Revis at the NFL Combine this past week and rightfully so. With the question marks surrounding his return from ACL surgery, the Jets would be smart to save the money and send Revis Island to the west coast. They would at least be getting the 34th overall selection in return for the talented corner turned distraction. I call him a distraction because when you ask to be paid, not only as one of the top corners in the league, but as one of the top PLAYERS as well while coming off a major knee injury....that's just bad business sense. Especially when other star players around the league are restructuring their deals so their team isn't under tighter cap constraints.

If the Jets are satisfied with the 34th overall pick and ship Revis to San Francisco, the 49ers might as well punch their tickets to New Jersey for the Super Bowl. Already fielding one of the most complete rosters in all of football, adding a potential all-pro shutdown corner can fill one of this teams only weaknesses and put this franchise over the top. Stay tuned........

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