Chiefs Get Their QB, But 49ers Win Big

Chiefs Get Their QB, But 49ers Win Big

The Kansas City Chiefs now know they will usher in the Andy Reid era with Alex Smith as their starting quarterback. The San Francisco 49ers now know they have just strengthened their position as consistent Super Bowl contenders under Jim Harbaugh.

The Chiefs' ability to complete the trade for the former 49ers starter and 2005 first overall draft pick on Wednesday is a "win" situation for them, but the steep price was sending a 2013 second-round pick (34th overall), plus a 2014 conditional middle-round pick to San Francisco. The 49ers now have a stockpile of 15 picks in this draft. And when you also consider they are clearing $8.5 million in salary by moving Smith—who would have remained No. 2 behind Colin Kaepernick if he had stayed with the team—it's a much bigger win for them.

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