The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly have agreed to obtain quarterback Alex Smith in a trade and cut starting quarterback Matt Cassel.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first broke the news that the Chiefs and the 49ers have agreed to a trade involving Smith. The Chiefs will give up their second-round draft pick in the April NFL draft plus another future draft pick.
Smith, 28, was drafted in the first round by the 49ers in 2005. He struggled in his first several reasons. In recent years, he was plagued with injuries. He missed the entire 2008 season. A concussion knocked him out in November.
His replacement, Colin Kaepernick, grabbed the reins and never looked back, leading San Francisco to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Cassel has been a bust in Kansas City. Former backup to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and then General Manager Scott Pioli, worked hard to get Cassel in 2009. Pioli's career flamed out in Kansas City in part because of the Cassel signing.
When Cassel was injured last season, some fans at Arrowhead Stadium cheered, prompting a national debate. Like Smith, Cassel lost his starting job although he did come back briefly after Brady Quinn was injured.
Andy Reid, who became Chiefs head coach in January, is known for his quarterback tutelage. It wasn't immediately clear how the Smith deal will affect how the Chiefs use the first draft pick in April. This draft isn't franchise quarterback rich.
Also unclear is whether the Chiefs will cut backup quarterbacks Quinn and Ricky Stanzi.
Just as the Chiefs made the first major coaching hire in January, they have made the first major trade of 2013. The trade can't become official until March 12.
Friends of Smith said they are pleased to see him get a starting gig again.
ESPN reported that Cassel has two years remaining on a $63 million, six-year deal. ESPN also said Smith will play under terms of his remaining contract, which calls for a guaranteed base salary of $8.5 million in 2013. There reportedly has been no discussions between the Chiefs and Smith's representatives about negotiating a new contract.
49ers left tackle Joe Staley told ESPN that he was glad his friend would get a chance to start again.
"He is too talented not to. Will miss him on our squad but will still be close wherever he goes. Happy for his new opportunity," he wrote in a text.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who developed a great on-field chemistry with Smith in the team's passing game, also wished the quarterback the best, ESPN reported.
"I will miss him dearly and wish him the best as he starts something new. I'm sure everything will work in his favor. He is definitely a great player who I strongly believe had a big impact on my career. Love you Alex!" Davis said.
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