The San Francisco 49ers traded away Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason, but they will be rooting for their former quarterback next season.
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.