Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Report: Niners To Trade QB Alex Smith from KC Star
If the Chiefs or another team is to acquire Smith, the transaction can't officially take place until the new NFL year begins on March 12. The Sacramento Bee and ESPN.com reported Monday that the 49ers are still exploring trade possibilities, but no deal is in place yet.
The Arizona Cardinals also need a new quarterback, but the fact that they share a division with the 49ers makes a deal between those two teams unlikely. Buffalo also could be in the market for a new quarterback, but so far the Bills have shown little interest in Smith.
Two teams that seemed to be likely destinations for Smith have taken themselves out of the running since the weekend.
The biggest story in the AFC West heading into the new league year will be to see where the Kansas City Chiefs find their new starting quarterback.
We may have an answer soon. Quarterbacks have worked out at the NFL combine and the NFL league season starts March 12. The Chiefs can either then trade for a veteran or sign one. Let's look at the options as the Andy Reid era in Kansas City begins with a big decision:
Chiefs Signing Bonus from The Mothership
Chiefs Season Ticket Holders who renewed during the 30 days leading up to the payment deadline were entered in a special rewards program referred to as the "Chiefs Signing Bonus." The program was a way for the Chiefs to say thank you to the fans for their continued support.
"The Signing Bonus promotion allowed us to show appreciation to our loyal Season Ticket Holders by rewarding them with opportunities to win unique prizes and experiences," Chiefs Customer Relations Manager Jayne Martin explained. "We have received a lot of great feedback of course from those that won, but also from Season Ticket Holders that were just excited to have the chance to win something simply by renewing."
Inside Free Agency - Day 16: Randy Starks from The Mothership
It's never a bad thing to enter free agency, following a Pro Bowl season; it's a nice spot that Randy Starks finds himself in, heading towards March 12 (start of free agency).
Name: Randy Starks
Born: December 14th, 1983 (Petersburg, VA)
Experience: 9 years
Drafted: 2004, 3rd Round-71st pick overall by the Tennessee Titans
Starks just completed his ninth NFL season. He spent four years with the Tennessee Titans, before playing the last five seasons in Miami.
The Kansas City arts, entertainment, music and food worlds will gather on March 5 and contribute to the Friends of JJ's Benefit at the Uptown Theater. Proceeds will go to employees of JJ's, the restaurant on the Country Club Plaza that was destroyed by an explosion and fire on Feb. 19...
...The event will be hosted by former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison and Kelly Jones of Channel 5 (KCTV).
So, this is what the team's offseason scorecard could look like:
In: Bowe, Alex Smith, Revis and a top rookie left tackle rookie.
Out: Albert and the No. 1 pick.
Looks OK to me and if somehow Albert could be kept, the Chiefs could use the No. 9 pick on Geno Smith or a top prospect at another position.
I know there are lots of hoops to go through for this scenario to unfold and I am not naïve enough to think it can occur easily. But it's plausible through some brainstorming.
Prisco Mock No. 2: A Change Up Top from CBS Sports
With the talk that the Chiefs are looking to a veteran passer, I changed my pick at the top from West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel. That led to Smith falling to the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh spot.
It could also lead to a team trading up to the second spot to get Smith, if they like him.
Setting A Price For 49ers' Alex Smith from ESPN
Based on precedent, the 49ers should be looking to get a second- or third-round choice from the Chiefs for Smith, should they do a deal with Kansas City.
San Francisco already owns a league-high 11 choices in the 2013 draft. The team figures to gain compensatory choices as well.
For those reasons, and because Smith has a mixed record in the NFL, a deal involving a conditional choice could make the most sense. In that case, the 49ers would be looking at a higher 2014 choice if Smith played well for his new team.
Jeff Herr: JUST DRAFT A QB!!! from 610 Sports
But when it's all said and done, the Chiefs will still presumably be without a QB and it will just be rinse and repeat for the next quarter century until we can FINALLY get somebody in here who is bold enough to draft a guy and turn the keys of the franchise over to him. Now, not everyone believes like I do that the Chiefs should draft a QB (hard to believe, I know). There are quite a few arguments against drafting a QB number one overall this year and I'd like to give my responses to them.
Top 50 Free Agency Forecast from Rotoworld
The Scouting Combine is all the rage right now, but it's just a steppingstone toward the late-April NFL draft. While forty times and vertical leaps are great fun, an NFL steppingstone that will impact draft results to a much greater extent than the Underwear Olympics is free agency. And it kicks off in just over two weeks.
Here is my ranking of this year's top-50 NFL Free Agents, with guesses on where each player will land, and for roughly how much.
Fantasy Rookie Class Of 2013 from ESPN
It looks like the Kansas City Chiefs won't be selecting Geno Smith (West Virginia) with the first overall pick. Instead, rumors are circulating that the Chiefs may be on the verge of trading for Alex Smith. Regardless, where that leaves Geno is up for debate. He's not a read-option signal-caller in the RG III mold. As a collegian, he was a passer first, though Smith has enough pocket awareness and mobility to extend plays. Overall, though, he posted a frustrating senior year. If you watch the tape long enough, you'll see him make every kind of throw, but there were many times where he overshot open men, especially late in the season. Smith is not a can't-miss player. As such, it's difficult to imagine him being draftable right away in standard-sized fantasy leagues.
Alex Smith Is Totally The Chiefs Next Quarterback Maybe from The Pitch
If this trade does go down, its impact on the Chiefs would be huge. The team shuffled between two crappy quarterbacks last season with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. Between Reid, having the first pick in the NFL draft this spring, and possibly Smith, the 2013 Chiefs should be much different from 2012's Hindenburg of a season. Can we be excited now?