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The Price of 9-0: The Alex Smith Trade Compensation


The Kansas City Chiefs won their ninth consecutive game on Sunday, providing a winning season for the first time since 2010, when the Chiefs went 10-6. But the non-losing record comes a future setback: a record equal to or better than 8-8 alters a draft pick from a third rounder to a second rounder in the 2014 draft.

Quarterback Alex Smith was traded from the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick in the 2013 draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft. The condition for the 2014 pick was based on the record of the Chiefs, and just last week the Chiefs guaranteed a .500 or better season by reaching eight wins.

The 49ers used the second round pick in a trade with the Tennessee Titans for three more picks. The Titans used the original pick on University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter. The Niners received the 40th overall pick and the 217th overall pick in 2013, and a third-rounder in 2014. So by moving back six spots, the 49ers got three picks. They used pick number forty on Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, a defensive end out of Florida State. The 217th pick was used to move up from pick 93 to pick 88 in a trade with the Packers, where the Niners proceeded to pick another defensive end, Corey Lemonier, out of Auburn.

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If your head isn’t spinning from all those changes, then you realize that the 49ers are looking extremely smart. They maximized the second round pick they got from Kansas City. In review, they used the pick to move back in the 2nd round, move up in the 3rd round, and picked up another 3rd round pick in 2014. Along with the conditional pick from the Alex Smith trade, the 49ers are now looking at one first, two second, and two third round picks.

The Chiefs needed Alex Smith. They made a very good move in getting a quarterback who can throw mostly accurate passes and keeps the turnovers to a minimum. But now in November, it would be a much harder decision to make just by looking at the results the 49ers gained. It’s not guaranteed that the Chiefs would be able to get the same trades the Niners did, so don’t automatically assume the same picks would come around for the Chiefs front office.

Smith isn’t the world’s greatest quarterback, we all know that, but is he worth two second rounders? There was no way of knowing back when the Alex Smith trade was made, but what would you have done? Lots of picks or 9-0?

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  • jeffromac23

    I’ll take the 9-0 thank you very much.

    • jayhwk01

      Easy to say that now. It might not look so good later. Question…would you have been okay with trading those two picks for A. Smith BEFORE the season started. My guess is no.

      • jeffromac23

        Yes I would, after seeing what was available in the draft he was our best option and so be it that it cost us 2 second rounders I still believe in AS 11. He and Bowe are finally getting on the same page and with a little more time together will be after pairing. Besides its not like never has a D.

      • toperspective

        The other question is…..did the Chiefs really need to trade two 2nd rounders? I think they were bidding against themselves.

        • Ben Nielsen

          Arizona was supposedly offering two picks for Smith as well.

          • toperspective

            Maybe, but I highly doubt it was two 2nd rounders. I read that the AZ offer was “weak”. Alex is ok but he’s not a franchise QB and I haven’t heard any of those who are blindly supporting him recommending that he be given an extension.

          • Ben Nielsen

            I don’t know what their offer was. But considering how aggressive ARI was in the quarterback market I would be surprised if it was more competitive than what reports suggest.

            Also: Alex is getting an extension. You can take that to the bank.

          • toperspective

            That would be a huge mistake. He’s a 2nd tier QB.

          • Ben Nielsen

            It’s a mistake either way. Giving up two second round picks for two years of Alex Smith is just as bad as extending Smith. Then again, if Smith then who? Chiefs have pretty much put their eggs in the Smith basket for the next three to four years after this season at least.

          • toperspective

            I agree it’s a mistake either way but it’s a bigger mistake to extend AS. Let him play out his contract next year and then decide which way to go. The bloom will be off AS when the Chiefs lose some of these games due to offense ineptitude. The who is a problem since they don’t have a 2nd in this years deep QB draft.

      • Dan

        If ya think about it the Chiefs also got Cooper CB from 9ers practice squad so essentially they really got Smith and Cooper which kinda balances it out really. Cooper is worth a 2nd round IMO and Smith with us being 9-0 was worth it too

      • kcchiefinlv

        LMAO @ Jayhwk01,
        I hope it never happens, but it would give me great pleasure to see your face when Chase Daniel steps in and the Arrowhead crowd starts chanting “MIZ-ZOU!”
        How’s that K.U. football program doing?

        • jayhwk01

          First, I am guessing the pleasure would be all mine if Chase Daniel had to step in. I probably would be grinning ear to ear as he is not very good and neither would the Chiefs be with him. Careful what you wish for. As far as KU football goes……not really sure what that has to do with Chase Daniel, the Chiefs, or the NFL but what ever floats your boat I guess.

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  • kcchiefinlv

    I wanted us to get Smith rather than draft a QB. There were no QB’s worth a #1 pick. But just as important, I watched Smith from a distance and what he went through with San Fran and was just wishing he would come play for us.
    Alex has proven himself to be a man of integrity. After what he did for 49ers and then 1) they go after Manning and 2) he gets benched. Alex got jerked around and he handled the stinking situation with nothing but class. He never complained. Not publicly anyway.
    Remember how Chiefs fans felt when Vermeil traded for Trent Green? Mark my words on 11/6/13- “Alex Smith will succeed Lenny Dawson in the hearts of Kansas City Chiefs fans”.

  • unclejesse40

    What do Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Jimmy Clausen, Pat White, Brian Brohm, Chad Henne, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Drew Stanton, Kellen Clemens, and Tarvaris Jackson all have in common? They are all the most recent 2nd round draft picks. Would I like it if the Chiefs had Andy Dalton or Colin Kaepernick, yes I would but as you can see by this list drafting QB’s is a crap shoot. With where the Chiefs were at the time, I will take the known commodity that is Alex Smith over the roll of the dice that is this list. Now I say all this with the understanding that I think every NFL team worth its salt is drafting a QB every year in the first 4 rounds. QB’s might be the only position that you can trade for more and better draft picks than it took to get them. But more importantly is drafting a QB that fits your system and one you think will take coaching. I trust this new staff to do that.