The Kansas City Chiefs begin the rebuilding process once again, this time under the guidance of Andy Reid, trading with the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith. Reported terms are a 1st round draft choice and a possible later pick.
Smith became trade bait earlier this season when he lost his job to Colin Kaepernick, a mobile young quarterback who led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, where they lost to the Ravens.
The move came as somewhat of a surprise to NFL fans as Smith never regained his starting spot after a concussion despite sporting an NFL high completion percentage at the time. The move was justified in many ways as Kaepernick brough an explosiveness to the 49ers offense that was lacking under Smith.
Nevertheless, Kansas City may be getting an able quarterback in this deal. Matt Cassell, who came from New England a few years back, has never lived up to the hype and Smith is seen as a fairly mobile field general whose accuracy lends itself to Reid’s system.
Of course the big question is whether Smith, who flourished in San Francisco under Harbaugh, will remain the same winning quarterback he’s been. His early career with the 49ers was marred by poor performance and his development hampered by a series of coaching changes.