Kansas City, MO --- Alex Smith has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports. USA Today, ESPN, and Fox Sports are all reporting on the trade.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports says the deal is for a 2nd round pick in 2013 (34th overall) and another mid-round pick in the 2014 draft. The deal can't officially go down until the new NFL season starts on March 12.
Smith was the top pick of the 2005 draft out of Utah. Initially, he struggled in San Francisco through multiple coaching changes. He seemed to come into his own in 2012, however, leading the league in passing efficiency before going down with a concussion. That opened the door for Colin Kaepernick to take the starting job in San Francisco before eventually leading the 49ers to an NFC Championship.
Kansas City won just 2 games in 2012, the fewest in the National Football League, despite having six pro bowl players. The Chiefs led the NFL in Interceptions with Matt Cassel throwing 12 and Brady Quinn throwing 8.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team is expected to cut Cassel. Quinn is a free agent.
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By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer
A person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins.
It's the first big player move by Kansas City since Andy Reid took over as coach after being fired by Philadelphia.
Fox Sports first reported the deal.
Smith lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick after sustaining a concussion Nov. 11. Kaepernick played well, and coach Jim Harbaugh stuck with him even when Smith was healthy.
Kaepernick led the 49ers to the NFC championship and a close loss to Baltimore in the Super Bowl.