The reason? The 49ers acquired a second round pick in this year’s draft (used on Tank Carradine), as well as a conditional third rounder in 2014 that becomes a second-round pick if the Chiefs finish with a record better than 8-8 (via Peter King of SI).
So, not only will 49ers fans root for Smith because he is just an all-around class act, but they will also be cheering on his Chiefs to move up a round in next year’s draft.
What are the chances that they finish above .500 next season? Despite having the worst record in the NFL in 2012-2013, things are certainly looking up for Kansas City. The AFC West is not what it used to be a few years ago — the Raiders are awful, the Chargers missed out on the playoffs, and the Broncos are a Peyton Manning injury away from having their season ruined.
The Chiefs, with a new quarterback and a new head coach in Andy Reid, could surprise some.
“Considering the Chiefs managed to win seven games a couple of years ago with Tyler Palko at QB and no Jamaal Charles, I think it is reasonable to think the squad could get to 8-8 with Smith and Andy Reid,” wrote Patrick Allen of Arrowhead Addict.
After all, being the gentlemen that he is, I’m sure Smith wouldn’t mind winning a ton of games to give his former club an upgrade in the draft.