Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few hours, you have probably heard the news that the 49ers have traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a couple of draft picks. Both FOX Sports and ESPN reported the news.
We were the first to break the rumor that Smith was dealt for two draft picks.
The 49ers will receive the Chiefs second round pick in the upcoming draft, along with a conditional third-rounder in 2014.
Despite all the news today, the Smith trade will not be made official until March 12, when the dealing period begins.
Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 by the 49ers, but struggled mightily in his first couple seasons.
That all changed in 2011, when the 49ers brought in Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Smith flourished under Harbaugh, putting up career numbers and leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship game where they fell to the Giants.
He was their starting quarterback in 2012 until he suffered a concussion in Week 11, allowing Colin Kaepernick to take over and excel. Kaepernick led the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl, while Smith watched from the sidelines.
This trade now opens up all kinds of possibilities for the 49ers, which will undoubtedly be discussed in the coming days and weeks.