February 24, 2013
Alex Smith could be Kansas City bound
By QMI Agency

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith walks on the field after he was not given a booth to answers question from journalists during Media Day for the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana January 29, 2013. The 49ers will meet the Baltimore Ravens in the game on February 3. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

The San Francisco 49ers’ Alex Smith could be following the path of Joe Montana.

The former starting quarterback’s bags are all but packed for Kansas City -- the same team Montana played for from 1993-94 -- as the two teams have reportedly been talking trade.

According to NFL.com the Chiefs have the most interest in Smith, who started nine games, and threw for 1,737 yards before a concussion, suffered against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 11, sidelined and allowed teammate Colin Kaepernick to take the helm.

Jim Harbaugh’s hiring was the catalyst in turning Smith from a subpar starter to formidable force in 2012. Smith’s mobility has apparently caught the eye of Chiefs’ new head coach, Andy Reid.

"I think the main thing is Alex is a heck of a football player," Harbaugh said. "Alex is really playing the best football of his career the last two years. And we think we have the best quarterback situation in the National Football League. Feel strongly about that. Again, that'll be a process that plays out. Alex Smith, continuing to be a 49ers or if a trade occurs in the next weeks or months. Those are the two possibilities — most-likely possibilities."

Kaepernick was the driving force for the 49ers during the playoff run to the Super Bowl this season, and that performance has made Smith expendable.


When teams are allowed to start trading March 12, Smith’s 2013 base salary of $7.5 million with a $1 million roster bonus, will depart with him.

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