The 49ers trade Alex Smith in news that has been expected for the last month. According to Fox News on March 12, San Francisco traded Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round pick and a conditional draft pick in 2014.
Kansas City will send their second round, 34th overall pick, to the 49ers.
Alex Smith was one of the most successful quarterbacks in the NFL for most of the last two seasons in San Francisco. Over the past two seasons, Smith threw for 4,881 yards in 25 starts with 30 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. As the starting quarterback for the 49ers, Smith was 20-5-1.
Smith suffered a concussion in 2012 and lost his starting job while recovering, despite sitting with a 104.1 quarterback ranking and a 6-1-1 record. His replacement Colin Kaepernick is more mobile and helped the 49ers to the Super Bowl, which they lost.
With Kaepernick as their new starter, and Smith never deserving to lose his job to begin with, the 49ers trade Alex Smith to help both them and give him a chance to start again. The 49ers will save between $1 million and $2 million in roster bonuses owed to him by trading him.
Kansas City will probably release Matt Cassel and anoint Alex Smith as their new starter.