Alex Smith | QB | Kansas City Chiefs
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.
Posted: 12/5/2012 11:59am et
The San Francisco 49ers could be open to dealing QB Alex Smith during the offseason. He signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the team in the offseason. That reasonable contract gives the team options. If he is on the team's roster April 1, 2013, his entire $7.5 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed. He is currently the 20th-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, which might make him an attractive option to a team in need of a QB. If he is released before April 1, the team would still owe him $1 million.
Huddle Up: Those are reasonable terms with regards to the Niners dealing Smith, who has already demonstrated that serving as Colin Kaepernick's caddy won't sit well with him. San Fran isn't likely to deal Smith with in the division to the QB-desperate Cardinals, but teams like the Jets and Chiefs could definitely be in the mix.
Posted: 11/27/2012 3:53pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team expects to make a decision on their starting quarterback between QBs Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick by Wednesday, Nov. 28. 'Alex Smith is our starting quarterback. He has not done anything to lose that job,' Harbaugh said. 'In fact, he's playing at a very high level. Also, Colin Kaepernick, you can't categorize him as a backup quarterback, because he's started games and played very well in those games.' Harbaugh said anything is possible this week, including using both quarterbacks in Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: For fantasy purposes, Kaepernick is the better option due to his running ability, but the decision doesn't figure to affect the rest of the offensive supporting cast much either way.
Posted: 11/23/2012 7:18pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he will not name a starting quarterback in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints between QBs Alex Smith (concussion) and Colin Kaepernick.
Huddle Up: Almost all signs still point toward Kaepernick getting a second straight start, but Harbaugh figures a few mind games won't hurt his team's cause Sunday against the Saints.
Posted: 11/23/2012 12:43pm et
San Francisco 49ers CB Donte Whitner said QB Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback over QB Alex Smith in Week 12.
Huddle Up: This doesn't necessarily mean Smith is out of a job; Kaepernick must keep up the good work. But it looks like the 49ers want to give their high-upside sophomore a serious run. On the surface this seems like good news for other skill players, most notably Vernon Davis, but remember that Kaepernick is still raw; he is liable to be exposed on any given sunday, even against the Saints.
Posted: 11/21/2012 11:51pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh informed QB Alex Smith on Wednesday, Nov. 21, that he intends to start QB Colin Kaepernick in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. The decision is not based on health.
Huddle Up: After the nation got a full-game glimpse of Kaepernick on Monday night, this is isn't a shock to many, but it is mildly surprising to a degree as Smith has played above average himself for the most part this season. Kaepernick does pose more of a running threat, though, and gives the Niners another dimension there in keeping defenses from focusing on RB Frank Gore and Co. If you started Kaepernick out of desperation last week, keep rolling with him and see where he takes you.
Posted: 11/20/2012 12:20pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he usually rides the hot hand when it comes to deciding between two quarterbacks, and Harbaugh said both QBs Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick have the hot hand right now.
Huddle Up: This sounds like bad news for Smith, but it's not as though the former first-round pick has performed poorly this season. He has completed 70 percent of his passes with a 13:5 TD:INT ratio. That is not exactly lighting up the fantasy realm, but he has been efficient. Kaepernick does boast much more upside, however, and the 49ers could well ride him until he gets cold.
Posted: 11/19/2012 12:16pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith will not play in Week 11. He was unable to get clearance from a neurologist, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Colin Kaepernick is your Monday night starter in the battle of the backups. Regardless, you can expect Jon Gruden to gush over both Kaepernick and Jason Campbell.
Posted: 11/17/2012 10:52pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith has passed all of the post-concussion steps but the last one, a contact test, which is likely to be administered Sunday, Nov. 18. He practiced all week in a black non-contact jersey, and is officially listed as questionable for the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: Smith has shown steady progress all week, and it is expected he'll pass Sunday's test and be cleared to play Monday night.
Posted: 11/16/2012 11:02pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (concussion) was listed as a limited participant for the second straight day of practice Friday, Nov. 16. He is still expected to start in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: The Niners figure to play it conservative with Smith, whose main goal will be to avoid turnovers against a Bears' defense that has lived off interceptions and fumbles all season.
Posted: 11/14/2012 7:00pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith has passed concussion tests this week and is currently on track to start against the Chicago Bears in Week 11 Monday, Nov. 19.
Huddle Up: Hold off on those Colin Kaepernick waiver claims as Smith is looking good, especially for this early in the week. Complications could still arise, though, so keep monitoring the situation.
Posted: 11/14/2012 6:02pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (concussion) has been cleared to take part in non-contact drills during practice.
Huddle Up: Bear in mind this does not mean he will play this weekend; if he is not cleared for contact, he cannot play football. See what his status looks like the rest of the week, otherwise Colin Kaepernick is your man.
Posted: 11/12/2012 11:56am et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick saw his most extensive play in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams, finishing up the 24-24 tie after QB Alex Smith departed early with a concussion. Kaepernick completed 11 of his 17 passes for 117 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran eight times for 66 yards and a diving 7-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick's athleticism and rushing ability caused problems for the Rams, and his passing wasn't bad either. No word yet on Smith's availability for Week 11, but if the Niners are forced to go with Kaepernick this week his performance indicated it wouldn't be the end of the world.
Posted: 11/11/2012 6:40pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (concussion) suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 10 game and will not return.
Huddle Up: Smith was hurt as he took a helmet-to-helmet hit scrambling out of the pocket on a run. He was off to strong start in the game with 7 completions in 8 attempts for 72 yards and a TD pass to Michael Crabtreee. He was replaced by Colin Kaepernick.
Posted: 10/19/2012 12:13am et
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith completed 14-of-23 passes for 140 yards, 1 TD and an interception in a 13-6 win over the Seattle Sehawks on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: In the 2 games since one of the best outings of his career, Smith has thrown for a combined 340 yards, 1 TD and 4 picks. His interception Thursday night could've turned out costly as it came in the end zone with the Niners looking to go up by 2 touchdowns.
Posted: 10/12/2012 10:14pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (finger) is listed as probable for the Week 6 game against the New York Giants. He had his finger taped Friday, Oct. 12, in practice.
Huddle Up: No worries here, except for the Giants, who are having to prep for an improved Smith and the effectiveness of shifty backup Colin Kaepernick coming in and running the Wildcat.
Posted: 10/10/2012 11:14pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (finger) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 10. Smith is expected to be fine for the Week 6 game against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: You didn't think Smith would let a sprained finger keep him out of Sunday's much-hyped NFC Championship Gane rematch did you?
Posted: 10/8/2012 8:11pm et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said QB Alex Smith's finger injury is concerning. Smith is dealing with a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand, and he didn't attempt a pass since injuring it in Week 5. He currently leads the league with a 108.8 passer rating, and he's completed 68.6 percent of his passes (94-for-137) for 1,087 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Huddle Up: Definitely a situation to monitor throughout the week as the Niners prepare to host the Giants next Sunday in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. Backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who has flashed some ability, would be an interesting fantasy pickup if Smith were to miss any time.
Posted: 10/8/2012 12:04am et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith (finger) suffered a sprained middle finger on his throwing hand in the Week 5 45-3 win against the Buffalo Bills. Before departing in the second half of the blowout win, Smith completed 18 of his 24 pass attempts for 303 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith also gathered 49 yards on three runs.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't believed to be serious, and Smith was pulled more or less as a precaution with the game well in hand thanks to one of the best performances of his career.
Posted: 7/5/2012 8:48pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith said he does not have any hard feelings toward the team about their pursuit of Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning this offseason but said it will serve as motivation for him this season.
Huddle Up: The Manning courtship offended Smith because he almost led the 49ers to the Super Bowl (if not for Kyle Williams' two fumbles on punt returns), but he needs to get over it. This is a business. And it's not like Smith's been a franchise cornerstone all this time: In the previous five seasons he logged a 19-31 record, completed 57 percent of his passes, and had a 51-53 TD-INT ratio.