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current status: Off season
QB | 6'4", 217 lbs. | Kansas City
Birth Date:May 7, 1984 (29 years old) Place of Birth:Seattle, WA Hometown:San Diego, CA College:Utah
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 2005 (1/1).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with San Francisco in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 2005 (1/1).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with San Francisco in 2013.
|Assets:||Can really zip it in short range. A great athlete with good height who runs fairly well. Works pretty hard and is a smart player who puts in his time in the film room. Has battled to improve and adjust at the NFL level.|
|Flaws:||Not well-built, and somewhat injury-prone. Doesn't have an elite arm, and has small hands. More book smart than field smart: makes decisions late and misreads coverages at times. Has had some run-ins with his coaches. Must show he can be a clutch playmaker.|
|Career Potential:||Slightly above-average but inconsistent quarterback.|
Movements & Injuries
|3/12/2013||Acquired from the San Francisco 49ers.|
|3/21/2012||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers to a three-year contract.|
|7/29/2011||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers to a one-year contract.|
|7/25/2011||Declared free agent.|
|11/12/2010||Left shoulder injury, out.|
|10/27/2010||Left shoulder injury, out.|
|9/10/2008||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|2/28/2008||Signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a contract extension through 2010.|
|12/12/2007||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|10/05/2007||Right shoulder injury, out.|
|7/25/2005||Signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a six-year contract.|
|3/12/2013||San Francisco 49ers traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional third-round pick in 2014.|
|4/23/2005||Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round (1st overall) in 2005.|
Chiefs tinkering with Pistol Spread formation | 05/20/2013 3:03 PM
NewsThe Chiefs have been tinkering with Pistol Spread formations at OTAs.
Kansas City Star
ImpactThe club hired ex-Nevada coach Chris Ault -- Godfather of the Pistol -- as a consultant this offseason. Alex Smith has some history with Pistol-like formations from his time with Urban Meyer at Utah. The added offensive dimension could make Andy Reid's system more "multiple," but is unlikely to have a major impact on Smith's 2013 fantasy outlook. He will be a low-end, low-ceiling QB2.
Chiefs could owe 49ers another second rounder | 05/06/2013 8:32 AM
NewsThe 2014 third-round pick the Chiefs owe the 49ers as part of the Alex Smith trade will become a second-rounder if the Chiefs finish 8-8 or better.
Alex Smith not competing with Chase Daniel | 03/13/2013 6:14 PM
NewsChiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed Wednesday Alex Smith won't have to compete with new signee Chase Daniel in training camp.
Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Impact"Alex Smith is the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs," Reid said unambiguously. Daniel drew hype as a potential starter in free agency before signing a three-year, $10 million contract that includes $5 million guaranteed. That's a lot for a No. 2, but Smith won't lose his job barring a season-ending injury.
Alex Smith may restructure deal | 03/12/2013 10:34 PM
NewsYahoo Sports reports the Chiefs may approach Alex Smith about restructuring his contract.
Jason Cole on Twitter
ImpactThat's restructure, not reduce, but it's still notable after the Chiefs made a surprisingly large commitment to Chase Daniel in free agency. The trade price Kansas City paid for Smith should make him the unassailable starter in 2013, but he could have another controversy on his hands as early as 2014.
Report: Chiefs complete trade for Alex Smith | 02/27/2013 12:57 PM
NewsAccording to FOX's Jay Glazer, the 49ers and Chiefs have completed a trade for Alex Smith.
Jay Glazer on Twitter
Niners to get a fourth-round pick for Smith? | 02/27/2013 12:17 PM
NewsThe Sacramento Bee hears that the Niners will likely be getting a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft for Alex Smith.
Chiefs remain likely landing spot for Smith | 02/27/2013 10:24 AM
NewsCBS' Jason La Canfora reiterates that the Chiefs are the team most likely to have a trade in place for Alex Smith.
Jason La Canfora on Twitter
ImpactThe Cardinals have shown some interest in Smith, but the Niners aren't going to deal him in the division and their offer was reportedly "weak" anyway. After trading for Kevin Kolb two years ago, giving up more assets for another backup quarterback wouldn't make much sense. Especially when Smith's conservative, check-down style doesn't mesh with the scheme new coach Bruce Arians will install.
Cards 'very pessimistic' about Smith trade | 02/26/2013 8:24 PM
NewsNFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cardinals are interested in trading for Alex Smith, but are "very pessimistic" the 49ers will trade him within the division.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactAccording to Rapoport, the Cardinals believe the Chiefs are "closing in" on a deal for Colin Kaepernick's backup. Rapoport also reports the Browns are "said to have some interest." It's clear Sunday's report that a trade was "effectively complete" was bogus, but the Chiefs are very much the leader in the clubhouse. Smith would be a poor fit in Bruce Arians' highly-vertical system.
Report: Cardinals exploring trade for Smith | 02/26/2013 1:58 PM
NewsAn NFL source tells the Arizona Republic that the Cardinals are "exploring the possibility" of trading for Alex Smith.
'Little doubt' 49ers will trade Alex Smith | 02/25/2013 5:06 PM
NewsA source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Profootballtalk.com that there's "little doubt" Alex Smith will be traded once teams near the start of the new league year.
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
ImpactThe date is March 12. Smith is owed a $1 million roster bonus on the third day of the new league year, and he'll almost certainly be off San Francisco's roster by then. All signs continue to point to Smith quarterbacking Andy Reid's offense in Kansas City. We suspect the price tag will be a fourth-round draft pick.
KC Star: 'Plenty of smoke' on Alex Smith deal | 02/25/2013 1:15 PM
NewsThe Kansas City Star agrees there's "enough smoke" behind the Alex Smith-to-Chiefs trade rumors to believe Smith will indeed be the team's starting quarterback in 2013.
Kansas City Star
ImpactThe 49ers are not expected to trade Smith in the division, likely ruling out the Cardinals. The Browns and Jaguars have both said they're not in the Smith bidding. As beat writer Adam Teicher notes, "the Chiefs have issued no such denial." The Smith saga will drag on until March 12, when the trading period opens around the NFL. Expect Kansas City to acquire Smith shortly thereafter.
49ers confident they'll be able to deal Smith | 02/25/2013 12:48 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers "believe" they'll be able to trade Alex Smith after actively shopping him at the Combine.
ImpactCBS Sports reported Sunday that a deal was already all but done. Stories from NFL.com and now ESPN seem to support that notion, though it's been disputed by the Sacramento Bee. Per Schefter, San Francisco received a "legitimate amount of interest" in Smith at the Combine, and the Chiefs are definitely interested. The Cardinals "are also thought to be." Sources tell Schefter "there is no deal in place right now," but expect one to happen right around March 12.
Report: 49ers still shopping Alex Smith | 02/25/2013 11:36 AM
NewsLeague sources tell the Sacramento Bee the 49ers are still shopping Alex Smith.
ImpactBeat writer Matt Barrows reported earlier Monday that a trade had not been finalized, but can now confirm Smith is still being actively shopped. It suggests Sunday's report that a deal was "effectively complete" was an attempt by the 49ers or Smith's agent to goose his market. What hasn't been refuted is that the Chiefs are Smith's most likely destination in a potential trade.
Report: Niners don't have Smith deal lined up | 02/25/2013 11:08 AM
NewsThe Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers do not have a trade in place for Alex Smith.
Matt Barrows on Twitter
ImpactCBS' Jason La Canfora reported a deal was "effectively complete" on Sunday. The Bee's Matt Barrows allows his report could be wrong with the caveat "everyone fibs at this time of the year." There's been widespread speculation Smith is on the verge of being dealt to the Chiefs, but perhaps the sides are trying to put the cat back in the bag. A move couldn't be finalized until the start of the new league year on March 12.
Browns not the team acquiring Alex Smith | 02/24/2013 8:57 PM
NewsThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are not the team on the verge of acquiring Alex Smith.
Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
ImpactThe Jaguars have ruled themselves out. The Browns aren't the team, either, and the Chiefs have yet to dispute their association with CBS' report. All signs continue to point to Alex Smith becoming Andy Reid's next quarterback.
GM says Jags aren't team in Alex Smith talks | 02/24/2013 7:24 PM
NewsGM David Caldwell tells the Florida Times Union the Jaguars are not the team on the verge of acquiring Alex Smith.
Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter
Impact"Not us," Caldwell succinctly told beat writer Ryan O'Halloran early Sunday evening. It's hardly surprising, as Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have both taken turns pumping up Blaine Gabbert in recent days, while Chad Henne is still under contract for 2013. The Chiefs are the heavy favorite to be Smith's mystery pursuer. According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, "everywhere I go in Indianapolis, I hear someone say that the Alex Smith-to-Kansas City deal is all but done."
Report: Alex Smith trade 'effectively complet | 02/24/2013 6:54 PM
NewsAccording to CBS' Jason La Canfora, the 49ers have "expressed to others" that a trade for Alex Smith is "effectively complete."
Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Report: Chiefs most interested in Alex Smith | 02/24/2013 3:05 PM
NewsNFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have "shown more interest than anyone else" in trading for Alex Smith.
ImpactYahoo's Jason Cole reported the same thing on Friday. According to Rapoport, the 49ers spent the Combine "trying to lay ground for a Smith deal." Smith would be a pure stopgap for the rebuilding Chiefs, but a mammoth improvement on Matt Cassel. He could be managed and manipulated to success in Andy Reid's system, similar to the way he was in San Francisco. It's doubtful acquiring Smith would preclude the Chiefs from taking a quarterback in the first few rounds of April's draft.
Report: Chiefs most interested in Alex Smith | 02/22/2013 10:37 PM
NewsYahoo Sports' Jason Cole reports that the Chiefs "appear to be the most interested team" in Alex Smith, and are "unlikely" to use the No. 1 overall draft pick on a quarterback.
ImpactIt's becoming clearer and clearer by the day that Geno Smith won't be drafted first overall. "Several" head coaches and coordinators around the NFL wouldn't be surprised if the entire first round passed by without a quarterback selected. Cole also mentions the Cardinals as a potential Smith suitor, although they're trying to restructure Kevin Kolb's deal at the moment. It's expected that Smith would cost no more than a fourth-round pick.
4th-rounder could get Alex Smith trade done | 02/21/2013 6:45 PM
NewsAppearing on NFL 32, ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested that the 49ers would accept a fourth-round pick for Alex Smith.
Impact"There hasn't been a real hot market," said Mortensen. "Bottom line is there's not gonna be a lot of suitors for him. ... Maybe a fourth-rounder gets it done." Although his statistics under quarterback-guru coach Jim Harbaugh might lead fans to believe otherwise, Smith is not highly regarded around the NFL. He's viewed as a borderline starter and short-term stopgap solution.
Cardinals could have interest in Alex Smith? | 02/21/2013 1:57 PM
NewsAccording to the Arizona Republic, there are "decision-makers within" the Cardinals that like Alex Smith.
49ers 'highly unlikely' to release Alex Smith | 02/21/2013 1:29 PM
NewsESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on SportsCenter Thursday that the 49ers are "highly, highly, highly unlikely" to release Alex Smith.
ImpactAlthough Smith would prefer to be cut so he can choose his next team, the 49ers are either going to trade him or keep him, depending on offers they receive after March 12. Smith is owed a $1 million roster bonus on April 1, but the Niners are in a good enough salary cap situation to absorb that payment if need be. Smith remains "highly" unlikely to be on San Francisco's Week 1 roster.
King: Alex Smith more likely to be traded | 02/18/2013 9:49 AM
NewsSI's Peter King thinks Alex Smith "had better think again" if he believes the 49ers are going to grant him his release.
ImpactKing believes the weak QB class in this year's draft means the 49ers could get a "mid-round pick, at worst" for Colin Kaepernick's backup. That's all good and well, but the 49ers have hinted they'll play nice with a loyal soldier, while ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last week Smith's trade market is "limited," and that there's "not a large buzz." The only thing we know for sure is that Smith won't be back with the 49ers.
49ers won't be keeping Alex Smith for 2013 | 02/17/2013 5:15 PM
NewsThe Sacramento Bee refers to the notion that the 49ers will keep Alex Smith as Colin Kaepernick's backup in 2013 a "myth."
ImpactBeat writer Matt Barrows believes the Niners are attempting to "create the illusion" they could keep Smith in order to maintain leverage in trade talks. Smith's $8.5 million in scheduled pay is much too lofty for a clipboard holder, and keeping him would risk "locker room turmoil" if Kaepernick struggled. The 49ers will try to trade Smith. If they can't, they might just release him.
Trade market 'limited' for 49ers & Alex Smith | 02/13/2013 5:41 PM
NewsESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Live Wednesday that the trade market for Alex Smith is "limited," and there is "not a large buzz" about Smith among quarterback-needy teams.
ImpactSpecifically, Smith going to the Browns is a "long shot," per Mortensen. The Jets can't afford his contract, the Cardinals are the 49ers' division opponent, and the Chiefs might explore Nick Foles or Geno Smith first. Anyone who's kept tabs on Smith the past two years won't be surprised. Smith was available in 2012 free agency, and only the 49ers and Dolphins showed much interest in him -- both after missing out on other quarterbacks. Smith's physical skill set is just borderline starting-caliber, and he was benched this past season. The 49ers won't get more than a mid- to late-round pick on the trade market.
Vick signing has 'no impact' on Alex Smith? | 02/12/2013 2:16 PM
NewsCSN Bay Area expects Michael Vick's return to the Eagles to have "no impact" on Alex Smith.
CSN Bay Area
ImpactBeat writer Matt Maiocco believes it would have been an either/or situation for two quarterbacks with contrasting styles. "I can't imagine that any team would think equally of both quarterbacks and their respective styles of play." That may be true, but teams truly desperate for a quarterback - of which there figure to be many - likely would have kicked the tires on at least signal caller. We're sure Smith isn't lamenting Vick coming off the market so early.
Alex Smith planning 'beeline' to Arizona? | 02/07/2013 7:36 PM
NewsESPN's John Clayton believes Alex Smith would make a "beeline" to the Cardinals if granted his release instead of being traded.
ImpactClayton also expects the Browns to be the "most interested" in a potential trade. Clayton appears to be expressing more his gut feeling than an actual sourced report, but both Arizona and Cleveland figure to leave no stone left unturned in their search for a quarterback. However, the weak-armed Smith is a poor fit with new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on paper, as Arians is among the league's most ardent believers in the deep ball.
Harbs hints Niners won't release Alex Smith | 02/05/2013 4:27 PM
NewsCoach Jim Harbaugh suggests the 49ers won't release Alex Smith.
San Francisco Chronicle
Impact"I don't think any player has those wishes granted when they're under contract," Harbaugh said. "And everything's different. Every scenario is unique. It's certainly not something we're going to delve into and get into specifics." Harbaugh even brings up the point that the team could keep Smith around in 2013 by saying, "We feel great about our quarterback situation. You can't have enough good quarterbacks." The 49ers are expected to attempt to trade Smith before giving him his walking papers.
Alex Smith too expensive for Jets? | 02/05/2013 11:47 AM
NewsESPN New York believes Alex Smith will "probably be too rich for the Jets' blood."
ESPN New York
ImpactSmith is under contract for $8.5 million in 2013 and the Jets are already on the hook for $8.25 million to Mark Sanchez. More "cost-effective" veteran choices for the Jets include Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Matt Moore. It throws some cold water on the Smith for Darrelle Revis trade rumors.
ESPN confirms 49ers to explore Smith's market | 02/03/2013 2:38 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the 49ers will attempt to trade Alex Smith before granting him his release.
ImpactNFL.com and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat both reported as much last week. However, coach Jim Harbaugh insists the 49ers will "absolutely" consider Smith's wishes when deciding his future. Schefter also confirms the Browns and Chiefs as possible Smith destinations. Smith's $8.5 million 2013 salary will complicate any potential trade, while teams may not be willing to surrender more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Dilfer: Reid 'courted' Alex Smith last year | 01/31/2013 9:02 PM
NewsESPN's Trent Dilfer says new Chiefs coach Andy Reid "courted" Alex Smith last offseason.
Impact"There was a courtship last year, to a certain degree," Dilfer said. "I don't know a whole lot. I just know there was a courtship. It was not even an inside source, you know what I mean? It was just kind of the scuttle in the offseason." Dilfer and Smith are close friends from their days as teammates in 2006-07. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on Tuesday that the Chiefs were one of the teams showing interest in Smith.
Alex Smith 'loved' playing for Norval Turner | 01/30/2013 8:46 PM
NewsAlex Smith says he "loved" playing for new Browns OC Norval Turner during Turner's one-year stint as the 49ers' offensive overseer in 2006.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
ImpactIt's notable since the Browns are one of the team's Smith has been connected to ahead of his expected departure from San Francisco. A league source confirms to the Plain Dealer reuniting with Norv would "pique" Smith's interest. "Loved my time with Norv," Smith said. "He's a great play caller. I just remember he had a great feel for the game on gameday and a great feel for what the defense was doing, (very) QB friendly." At least based on the early hints and rumors, the Browns may top Smith's list of potential suitors.
SF will 'absolutely' consider Smith's feeling | 01/30/2013 7:16 PM
NewsCoach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday the 49ers will "absolutely" consider what Alex Smith wants when deciding his future with the team.
Impact"Absolutely, and I'm sure many things will factor into that decision," Harbaugh said. "I'm sure that will play out, but he is a starting quarterback. He's got a desire to be a starting quarterback, and I'm sure that will play out." For his part, Smith says the sides have yet to talk about his future. "I'm sure when we get back, there will be plenty of time to sit down with Jim and (the GM) and see what's what." Even though he's signed with the 49ers through 2014, all signs point toward Smith playing elsewhere next season.
Report: Niners will try to trade Smith first | 01/29/2013 8:55 PM
NewsNFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers will first try to trade Alex Smith before releasing him.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactThis coincides with what the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported on Monday. Rapoport adds that the Niners will act fast, though, as they want to work with Smith and get him in the best possible situation. Rapoport reports the Bills, Cardinals, and "maybe" Eagles have shown interest. Smith could probably net San Francisco a mid-round pick, but he won't be anything more than a stop-gap wherever he goes.
'More realistic' 49ers trade Alex Smith? | 01/28/2013 2:44 PM
NewsThe Santa Rosa Press Democrat believes it's "more realistic" the 49ers work with Alex Smith on finding a trade partner than granting him his outright release.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
ImpactWith nearly a third of the league in the market for a quarterback, we agree. The 49ers will likely try to do right by Smith after unceremoniously benching him following his November concussion, but releasing him would make little sense when they could probably net at least a day-two draft pick. Smith won't be more than a stop-gap option wherever he ends up, but interest in his services should be robust.
Alex Smith expected to request his release | 01/27/2013 8:40 PM
NewsProfootballtalk's Mike Florio reported Sunday night that Alex Smith will likely ask the 49ers to release him after the Super Bowl in order to have "maximum" options on his next team.
ImpactThe 49ers don't have to oblige, of course. Smith has trade value, and the 49ers won't honor his request if it doesn't help their team. Getting back a draft pick would. If the Niners were to grant Smith's release before March 14, they'd owe him only a $1 million roster bonus for 2013. If traded, San Francisco would be off the hook for all of Smith's $8.5 million in salary and bonuses.
49ers have decision to make on Alex Smith | 01/25/2013 2:26 PM
NewsAccording to ESPN's Adam Schefter, people around the league expect the 49ers to decide Alex Smith's fate "well before" April 1.
ImpactOn that date, Smith's $7.5 million salary becomes guaranteed if he's on the 49ers' offseason roster. Per Schefter, the 49ers will owe Smith "nothing" if he's traded before March 14. If he's released before March 14, the 49ers would only owe him a $1 million roster bonus. So March 14 is essentially the deadline for Smith. He's not going to be with San Francisco any longer than that.
Alex Smith, Roman a package deal in JAX? | 01/11/2013 1:10 PM
NewsAlex Smith's scheduled $8.5 million salary for 2013 is considered "way too much for the 49ers to pay a backup."
CSN Bay Area
ImpactColin Kaepernick is a candidate for an extension this offseason, leaving less money available for the backup spot. 49ers OC Greg Roman is viewed as the favorite to join former college roommate and current Jaguars GM David Caldwell in Jacksonville. It's natural to wonder if he'll bring Smith along in a trade. Smith also has close ties to Norv Turner, who will reportedly take over as Browns offensive coordinator.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2012 Game Highs
|Attempts||35||at Min||Week 3||38|
|Completions||24||at Min||Week 3||21|
|Passing Yards||303||vs. Buf||Week 5||291|
|Passing TD||3||2 times-last:at Ari||last:Week 8||3|
|Most Inteceptions||3||vs. NYG||Week 6||1|
|Most Sacked||4||3 times-last:at Ari||last:Week 8||9|
|Carries||5||2 times-last:vs. Sea||last:Week 7||7|
|Rushing Yards||49||vs. Buf||Week 5||27|
|Rushing TD||0||10 times-last:vs. Ari||last:Week 17||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Pct (Comp/Att)||61.3||2011 (SF)|
|Passing Yards||3144||2011 (SF)|
|Passing TD||18||2009 (SF)|
|Passing Avg (Yds/Att)||7.1||2011 (SF)|
|QB Rating||90.7||2011 (SF)|
|Most Interceptions||16||2006 (SF)|
|Most Sacked||44||2011 (SF)|
|Rushing Yards||179||2011 (SF)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||6.8*||2007 (SF)|
|Rushing TD||2||2 times-last: 2011 (SF)|