KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs traded a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft to acquire the 8-year veteran.
Alex Smith lost his starting job with the 49ers last season after suffering a concussion.
Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick started for San Francisco starting in week 10 against the St. Louis Rams. Before getting benched, the 29-year old Smith had a 70.2 completion percentage and threw for 13 touchdowns. In 2011, Smith led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants, throwing 273 passes for 17 touchdowns on the season.
San Francisco drafted Smith as the overall No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft where he struggled the first six years of his career, accumulating a 76.5 quarterback rating. But that number skyrocketed to 95.9 after San Francisco hired current head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011.
The trade will not be made official until March 12, the start of the 2013 NFL calendar year.
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