The trade that sent Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a second round pick was inevitable after Colin Kaepernick burst onto the scene following Smith’s concussion late last year. Kaep never looked back after taking the reigns, which made Smith virtually expendable. Andy Reid, a big fan of Alex dating back to his days at Utah, was quick to make a move for the veteran QB.
The Chiefs shipped a 2nd round pick for his services in addition to an extra incentive depending on the team’s performance this year. Should the Chiefs win 8 or more games this year the Niners are awarded another 2nd round pick.
The Chiefs have started the quarter mark with a shocking 4-0 record, already eclipsing the win total last year by two games. Smith has been a big part of that success by playing his usual mistake-free ball. His ability as a game manager is a perfect fit under the offense Reid has employed in his inaugural season as head coach. They need at least a 4-8 record the rest of the season for the incentive to be in effect, which is very likely barring a complete collapse.
The extra 2nd round slot would be another luxury that the 49ers regime could use to move around on draft day. General Manager Trent Baalke made it evident in last years draft that he is willing to wheel and deal to get the players they want. The Niner faithful should root for Alex and the Chiefs for continued success because it will pay off this coming off-season.