After almost nine years wearing the Niners jersey, former starting quarterback and No.1 Pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Alex Smith, will see a new start with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Smith, who sustained a concussion last season, was replaced by Colin Kaepernick for the remainder of the season, despite the fact Smith was subsequently cleared to play.
However, after winning just two games last season, the Chiefs are willing to bring Smith onboard and give the 29-year-old quarterback a second chance. The deal is part of the team reorganization implemented by Kansas Cityâ€™s new coach Andy Reid, who wants to acquire Smithâ€™s services as soon as possible.
Kansas City is open to trade its second-round pick in the 2013 Draft to get Smithâ€™s services. Smith will play under terms of his remaining contract, which guarantees a base salary of $8.5 million next season.
The Niners drafted Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in 2005. He remained a secondary QB until 2010, but with the arrival of Coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011, Smith was named the starting quarterback heading into the regular season. The same year, Smith set new personal and franchise records and led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and their first NFL playoffs since 1997.
Smith kicked off the 2012 season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and guided his squad to 6 victories and 2 losses before suffering a concussion on Week 9 vs. the St. Louis Rams. A quarterback controversy began when Smith was cleared to play and Coach Harbaugh decided to keep Colin Kaepernick as the official starter.
Kansas City still owns the No. 1 pick in the draft, a chance they would likely use to draft Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel as the No. 1 pick in Aprilâ€™s draft.
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