Not long after Jim Harbaugh said it is unlikely that the 49ers release Alex Smith. News is coming out that the most likely destination for Alex Smith is the Kansas City Chiefs.
Word around the NFL is that the Chiefs are not expected to take a quarterback with the first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and that Alex Smith appears to be the player the Chiefs are targeting. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports had this to say about Smith to the Chiefs.[box_dark]It’s also equally unlikely that the 49ers will go into next season with the most expensive backup quarterback in NFL history (at least going in). While Smith has played the role of good soldier since losing his job midway through last season to Colin Kaepernick, those close to him have made it clear that he won’t be so abiding if the 49ers don’t work something out quickly.
That means that the better question is where Smith will end up. Although one source said it’s far too early to guess, Kansas City appears to be the most interested team. The Chiefs are unlikely to use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback this year because none of the top ones – such as Geno Smith and Matt Barkley – appear to be worth it. Several head coaches and offensive coordinators this week said they wouldn’t be surprised if no quarterback were selected in the first round this year.[/box_dark]
If the Chiefs in fact do trade for Alex Smith, reports are it would be worth a 4th-rd pick in the draft.