Alex Smith was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this afternoon. The 49ers received the Chiefs’ second round pick from this year’s draft as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014.
Now there are a lot of cynical fans who look at this trade and think the Chiefs got hosed. After all, people tend to remember the old Alex Smith than the one who played well the last season and a half.
I’m here to tell you that NO ONE got hosed. That’s right, both sides won in a big way.
Let’s start with the Chiefs.
Anyone who watched the Chiefs last year learned a couple of things: 1) the team was so bad that it need prayer and 2) its quarterback play was nothing short of horrific. Hell, you and I could have had better quarterback ratings than Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. That’s how bad the Chiefs’ quarterback play was.
The sad part was that it wasn’t like the Chiefs had terrible personnel all over the roster. Their defense played well early in the season, and they had one of the better running games in the league. It’s just that their quarterbacks were so horrendously bad, it caused everyone else on the team to stink. Plus, they were horribly coached (thanks a lot Romeo Crennel).
Smith is the best quarterback they’ve had since Trent Green – and that’s a lonnnnnng-ass time ago. Smith has done a good job of taking care of the football, something that KC’s QBs didn’t do so well in last season (they turned over the ball over 25 times last season). Smith is a great game-manager, and that is not a bad thing – especially for the Chiefs. Couple that with the coaching of Andy Reid, and the Chiefs should do reasonably well.
As for the 49ers, it’s a classic case of the rich getting richer. A Super Bowl team gets the Chiefs’ second-round pick, which is #33 overall. That gives the Niners three picks in the first two rounds. That, my friends, is not fair. Sorry to the fans of the other NFC West teams (and the Dallas Cowboys), but that alone makes the Niners Super Bowl contenders for the next few seasons.
It’s rare that both teams involved in a trade have reasons to be happy. Kudos to both the Niners and Chiefs for getting that Alex Smith saga over with.