KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
Everybody knows the Chiefs are in the market for a quarterback this offseason, perhaps two. The wheels are already turning with the reports coming out that the Chiefs are likely to release Cassel “soon”. More information has just come out though.
Read on to find out what the new rumor out is.
This afternoon, CBS Sport’s Jason La Canfora tweeted that a deal is presumably in place for the 49ers QB Alex Smith.
There’s a great chance that the Chiefs could be the team that the deal has been made with. It would fill a need and Smith is considered a good fit for Andy Reid’s west coast offense. But as La Canfora said, the deal can’t be finalized until the new league year begins March 12th.
However, the team that has made the deal for Smith might not even be the Chiefs. Here are some other possibilities:
Jacksonville Jaguars: This could make some sense. The Jags could want a veteran guy to replace draft bust, Blaine Gabbert. However, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union is reporting the Jags aren’t the team the deal is in place with.
Cleveland Browns: They’ve recently come out and said they’re listening to offers for their top-2 QBs, Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden, so there’s no secret that they’ll possibly be in the market for a QB. That QB might very well be Alex Smith. However, Smith doesn’t fit head coach Rob Chudzinski’s deep passing offense. I don’t see the fit.
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow aren’t very good. They could easily use an upgrade at the QB position. However, they don’t have cap room for Alex Smith’s $15 million contract. They’ll have barely enough room to sign their rookie class.
Arizona Cardinals: Another team that needs QB help. But again, another offense that doesn’t match Smith’s QB style. Bruce Arians likes younger QBs anyhow. I don’t see the fit.
Buffalo Bills: Aside from the Chiefs, this seems to be the most likely landing spot for Alex Smith. There’s no secret the Bills are in the market for a QB, plus GM Buddy Nix would like a bigger name in house. Smith would be a great fit for offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s west coast scheme.
No team: This could just be a big ploy by the 49ers to drive up the price on Smith. It could lure some team into trading a higher pick for the quarterback’s services. This is also a very likely scenario as information like this doesn’t get leaked often.
When it comes down to it, I’d say that either the Bills or the Chiefs have an offer in place for Smith. All-in-all, he’d be a great fit in both places and could have a great deal of success in both. If it is the Chiefs that made the deal for him, it would have only costed a 3rd or 4th (likely a conditional 4th) and I’d still expect the Chiefs to take a signal caller in round one or two. All we can do now is wait until March 12th and see what team will have Smith moving forward.