Smith set for exit with Chiefs stepping up their interest.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Alex Smith is a target for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Smith was the No.1 pick in the 2005 NFL draft, and after suffering a disappointing start to life in the big league he had a break-out season in 2011 under Jim Harbaugh.
However, after suffering an injury in Week 10 last season, his replacement Colin Kaepernick stepped in to take his role as starter and led San Francisco to the Super Bowl, where they ultimately fell short against the Baltimore Ravens.
However, with a young Kaepernick now firmly in place as the 49ers No.1 choice at quarterback, it has been suggested that they are interested in trading Smith, who would be one of the most expensive back-up quarterbacks in the league.
While there is still no official word on where Smith will move to, initial reports suggest that the Kansas City Chiefs are in pole position, while there is also interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The speculation comes just days after coach Harbaugh revealed that it would be ‘unlikely’ that Smith departed, but admitted that a trade wasn’t entirely out of the question.
The Chiefs head into April’s NFL draft with the top pick, and while they appear to have set their sights on acquiring Smith to fill the quarterback role, Rapoport also reports that Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel is high on their list.