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Grading San Francisco 49ers Trades: QB Alex Smith

Quarterback Alex Smith was traded on March 12, 2013 to Kansas City Chiefs

Trade Details: 49ers received Chiefs 2013 2nd-round draft pick (34th overall) and conditional mid-round draft pick in 2014.   

Grade: A

Despite the job Jim Harbaugh did coaching up Alex Smith from potential draft pick bust into a quarterback that led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2012, we all knew Smith could never lead the team to a Super Bowl. This past season, Colin Kaepernick proved he could lead the 49ers to the NFL Championship game and so Smith became expendable.

Harbaugh did such a good job with Smith that he convinced the Chiefs he is a solid starter and to give up a valuable 2nd-round draft pick this year and mid-rounder in next year’s draft. This warranted an A grade for the trade as the 49ers have good options to find a replacement at backup QB in free agency or the draft. They also have QB Scott Tolzien on the roster who is fully capable of being the No. 2 quarterback.

Problem for the Chiefs is Harbaugh was not a part of the trade. The Chiefs were desperate for a QB which is why they paid such a steep price for Smith. It’s only a matter of time before new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid realizes Smith’s limitations.

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