February 27, 2013
Shhhhh! Niners trade QB Smith to Chiefs
Deal cannot be officially announced till March 12
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

Quarterback Alex Smith is going to Kansas City in a trade with San Francisco that will not officially be announced until March 12. (Reuters)

Alex Smith’s bags are packed; he’s ready to go.

The San Francisco 49ers have traded their former starting quarterback to the Kansas City Chiefs.

They just can’t tell anybody until March 12, when the league’s new season officially begins. Until then, shhhh!

It’s a secret.

The Chiefs will give up their second-round pick this year (No. 34 overall), plus another similar mid-round pick next season.

League sources of varied description have confirmed the deal to numerous media outlets including Fox, ESPN, the San Jose Mercury — not to mention Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. As leaks go, this one is about the size of Niagara Falls.


Niners left tackle Joe Staley, one of Smith’s closest friends, told ESPN in a text, “I am happy he is going to get a shot to play somewhere. He is too talented not to. Will miss him on our squad but will still be close wherever he goes. Happy for his new opportunity.”

Tight end Vernon Davis similarly confirmed Smith’s departu


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