Alex Smith | QB | Kansas City Chiefs
Posted: 10/28/2013 11:00am et
Since the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 8-0 on Sunday, Oct. 27, with a win over the Cleveland Browns, they triggered an escalator with the San Francisco 49ers in which the Chiefs now must give the 49ers a 2014 second-round pick as part of April's trade of QB Alex Smith. The 49ers can deal that pick for its second-round value before Tuesday's trade deadline, if so desired.
Huddle Up: Not likely the Chiefs will mind tossing a second-round pick at the Niners for a perfect season thus far. As for the 49ers, they're stockpiling draft picks once again.
Posted: 8/23/2013 9:35pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs have played it safe with QB Alex Smith through the first two preseason games, as he has reportedly looked downfield very little. He has yet to target WR Dwayne Bowe during the preseason.
Huddle Up: This could be a sign of things to come in the regular season. Smith doesn't have a big arm and he hasn't thrown the ball downfield much during his career. Andy Reid is likely to focus more on the short passing game, which could limit Bowe's overall fantasy value.
Posted: 8/17/2013 12:13am et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed seven of his 16 pass attempts for 62 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in preseason action Friday, Aug. 16, against the San Francisco 49ers, his former team.
Huddle Up: After playing well in the opener against the Saints, Smith struggled versus a more stout 49ers' defense. It's hard to judge anything in the preseason but even if he has a productive year in Kansas City, Smith won't be anything more than a decent fantasy backup. At best, Smith will help fantasy owners as a bye-week filler and injury replacement when the match-up is favorable.
Posted: 7/27/2013 1:23am et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith connected with WR Dexter McCluster on a deep pass down the middle that was hauled in for a touchdown Friday, July 26, on the first play at training camp. More importantly than the big plays, head coach Andy Reid likes consistency, and Smith went several plays into practice before throwing his first incompletion. "There weren't a lot of balls on the ground, and it looked like the defense had people covered," Reid said.
Huddle Up: Smith completed 70 percent of his passes last season before suffering a concussion and eventually being replaced by Colin Kaepernick, so he has experience keeping the ball off the ground. If he can remain accurate in Reid's high-volume passing offense, he'll have an opportunity to put up helpful fantasy numbers.
Posted: 7/17/2013 5:39pm et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said new head coach Andy Reid has been "very hands-on" regarding the quarterbacks and the offense, which incorporates some of the same terminology that Smith used under the direction of San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the past two seasons. He seems happy to have a new beginning. "To see them make the move and trade and get me, and it's what I wanted to happen -- very exciting. Now, it's my turn to go make the most of it."
Huddle Up: Smith was showing signs of life prior to his injury and replacement by Colin Kaepernick last season, completing 70 percent of his passes. That bodes well for his role in Reid's perennially pass-happy offense, which could generate enough opportunities for Smith to be a legitimate fantasy contributor.
Posted: 6/28/2013 6:49pm et
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles labeled QB Alex Smith as a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. "I think he is. He's got a great arm," Charles said. "He's been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent."
Huddle Up: Smith was having a solid season in San Francisco prior to suffering a concussion and losing his job to Colin Kaepernick. And given the propensity of an Andy Reid offense to throw the ball he should have ample opportunity to pile up some stats in Kansas City this season. He's not a starting caliber fantasy quarterback, but he's a solid backup plan with definite upside given his offense.
Posted: 6/6/2013 6:11pm et
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn't afraid to have QB Alex Smith throw the ball downfield often, something he wasn't accustomed to doing during his time as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers. Reid is challenging Smith to be more aggressive without being careless with the football and causing turnovers. 'It's a new offense. I would tell any quarterback that comes in new that that's what you need to do. I've told them all that. Go ahead and take your shots and see what you can get away with, within reason. But if it's a close throw, there are going to be a few of those in the National Football League on game day so you need to know what you can get away with on each route,' Reid said.
Huddle Up: Smith's career yards per pass attempt is 6.6, and it'll be interesting to see what happens if he does cut loose with a WR and TE corps that aren't exactly built for stretching the field.
Posted: 2/28/2013 4:31pm et
The San Francisco 49ers saved $9.75 million against the salary cap by trading QB Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: The Niners also will be flush with draft picks, getting an extra second -- and a high one at that -- from K.C., and maybe will now take a closer look at re-signing some of their FAs, including, possibly, S Dashon Goldson and/or TE Delanie Walker.
Posted: 2/27/2013 1:42pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly completed a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for QB Alex Smith, although the deal will not be official until March 12. The Chiefs will trade a second-round draft pick in 2013 as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014 to acquire Smith, according to a league source. The Chiefs are expected to release QB Matt Cassel as a result of the trade. At this point, Smith will play under the terms of his remaining contract, which calls for a guaranteed base salary of $8.5 million in 2013. There have been no discussions between the Chiefs and Smith's representatives about negotiating a new contract.
Huddle Up: The first big shot of the NFL offseason has been fired, though it doesn't really clear much up. The Chiefs could deal out of the top spot if there's a quarterback another team has fallen in love with, or they could go with an offensive tackle--though that may hinge on whether or not they re-sign Branden Albert. And while Andy Reid has his quarterback for now, he may still spend an early pick on a developmental quarterback like he so frequently did in Philly.
Posted: 2/26/2013 10:27pm et
The Arizona Cardinals are exploring the possibility of trading for San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith. No deal is currently in place. The Cardinals are intrigued by Smith's experience, intelligence and talents.
Huddle Up: IThe Cards can most certainly use a QB, but it's hard to fathom the Niners dealing Smith within the division -- especially when there appear to be plenty of other suitors.
Posted: 2/25/2013 10:53am et
The San Francisco 49ers reportedly do not have a trade deal in place for QB Alex Smith, contrary to a previous report.
Huddle Up: While all indications are that Smith will be dealt, that can't officially happen until mid-March. And as of yet there is no official deal in place for San Francisco to trade their backup quarterback. So continue to speculate amongst yourself whether it's the Chiefs, Browns, or someone else who will wind up with Smith.
Posted: 2/25/2013 12:42am et
The San Francisco 49ers have expressed to other teams that they have a trade involving QB Alex Smith effectively completed with an undisclosed team. The 49ers will not be able to officially trade Smith until March 12.
Huddle Up: Smith figures to be a hot commodity given the dearth of viable starting QB options available this offseason, but the Niners wouldn't be bluffing would they in order to up the ante from interested parties?
Posted: 2/23/2013 12:00pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be the team most interested in acquiring San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith at this point, according to a source; however, it is far too early to know Smith's future destination at this point.
Huddle Up: Smith makes sense for the Chiefs, as does Philly's Nick Foles if he becomes available. Plenty going on at KC headquarters leading up to the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Posted: 2/14/2013 11:04pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are not that interested in San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith. They may have more interest in Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles and West Virginia QB Geno Smith than in Smith.
Huddle Up: The Foles angle is easy to see with former Philly coach Andy Reid now in K.C., and in all, it sounds like the Chiefs are looking to go young at the QB slot with veterans Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn failing to pan out in recent seasons.
Posted: 2/6/2013 2:54pm et
The San Francisco 49ers have said they would like to retain QB Alex Smith, but with a $7.5 million base salary and $1 million roster bonus, that is seen as unlikely. The Kansas City Chiefs might be a landing spot for Smith if the 49ers elect to trade him.
Huddle Up: There have been reports the Eagles (read: Andy Reid) had interest in Smith last offseason, so it makes sense that the QB-needy Chiefs and new coach Reid might be interested in him this time around. Expect the 49ers to try to get something for Smith in a trade rather than outright releasing him--and with several teams in need of QB help, they should be able to pick up at least a draft pick or two.
Posted: 1/30/2013 11:33am et
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said he would like to keep QBs Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith on the roster next season. "I hope he's with us," York said of Smith. "From a cap standpoint, we have the room to be able to keep him. One quarterback is usually not enough to get you through a season. And to have two guys which the Niners had in Steve (Young) and Joe (Montana) for a long time, there's no reason why you can't have two guys on your team. And I hope we can find a way to make that happen." York added Smith has not yet asked the team to release him.
Huddle Up: York's right, two quarterbacks is more necessity than luxury for a competing team, especially when your starter is a running QB and thus more prone to injury. A release seems unlikely, though if the Niners could acquire value via trading Smith--keeping him away from Arizona and out of the division in the process--they might be willing to pursue that option.
Posted: 1/29/2013 12:59pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith is expected to seek his release before the start of free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Smith is due to earn $8.5 million in 2013, with $1 million guaranteed now and the balance guaranteed as of April 1.
Huddle Up: Expect the Niners to try and trade Smith first and at least get something in return for the QB, who's sure to be in high demand.