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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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