FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that the 49ers and Chiefs have completed a trade for Alex Smith.
The compensation Kansas City relinquished for Smith is unclear, but Glazer notes they made a “clear commitment” to Colin Kaepernick’s now-former backup.
The deal can’t become official until March 12, when the new league year opens.
While it’s big news for the QB-starved Chiefs, this is a bit anticlimactic. Last Sunday, CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported that the trade was “all but complete.”
Nevertheless, new head coach Andy Reid gets the team an upgrade at the position, replacing the supremely ineffective Matt Cassel, who’s expected to be released.
It’s safe to assume we can cross Geno Smith off the Chiefs’ big board.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the trade, adding the Chiefs will trade second-round pick this year (33rd overall), as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014.