Alex Smith's career as a 49er essentially ended today. Here is a quick sampling of what national experts are saying about Alex Smith the player, and about the deal that will send him to the Kansas City Chiefs:
"Trading for Alex Smith -- who took the 49ers within a whisker of the Super Bowl two years ago and was the league’s leading passer when he got hurt last year — makes the Chiefs better. To win games in 2013, this was the Chiefs’ best available option. Dorsey is a football man, so this is all he’s concerned with.”
"On the other hand, this is a panic move, especially because incredibly the Chiefs paid the No. 34 overall pick in April's draft and a conditional pick in '14 for Smith. Considering they have to pay Smith $8.5 million this season and $7.5 million in '14, this is an astounding price tag. Just Wednesday morning, the Sacramento Bee speculated that a fourth-rounder was the best the 49ers would be able to do, in light of Smith's limited skills and contract."
“If Smith can't play well without Harbaugh, a former longtime NFL QB himself, then this could be the latest pratfall for a (Chiefs) franchise that is always scrambling for a franchise QB – and a waste of a 2013 early second-round pick (33rd overall) and a conditional pick in 2014...The numbers are too obvious to ignore. From 2005-10, Smith's per-game QB rating was 76.5. From 2011 until Colin Kaepernick replaced him in the middle of the 2012 season, it was 95.9.”
“If the Chiefs hadn't acquired a veteran quarterback, there was the real potential of drafting West Virginia's Geno Smith with the first overall pick in this year's draft. Now it opens them up to go in a variety of directions. High on their list will be a left tackle to soundly protect Alex Smith's blindside, either Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.”
“It's another swing in the wild career of Smith, who has gone from No. 1 overall pick to draft bust to backup and spot starter to full-time starter and game manager in a simplified offense to NFC Championship starter to developing passer to Colin Kaepernick's backup and now to Kansas City.”