Report: Chiefs could draft a QB early
The Chiefs were pretty good last year with new quarterback Alex Smith, but he could end up being a short-term rental for the team.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the club could draft a signal caller early because contract talks with Smith aren’t going as well as they had hoped.
Smith was traded to Kansas City from the 49ers after losing the starting job to Colin Kaepernick. He threw for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns, completing over 60% of his passes for the Chiefs on their way to the playoffs with an 11-5 record just one season after being the worst team in the league.
Smith’s arrival, amongst other moves, helped catapult the Chiefs from the laughing stock of the league to a threat to contend.
The former number one overall pick in the 2005 draft is set to make $7.5 million in the final year of his deal before becoming a free agent. With the Chiefs getting nowhere in terms of a deal, they may be forced to take a quarterback early to prepare for the future with.
The Chiefs gave up two second round draft picks for Smith, one being a performance pick that was originally a third round pick. By winning more than eight games last season, the Chiefs were forced to deal a second rounder.
If they don’t use their first round pick (23rd overall) on a quarterback, they’ll have to try their luck in round three or later, where they select number 87th overall in the third round. Their second round pick belongs to the 49ers because of the original trade.
In essence, the Chiefs can hammer out a deal and hope that they can retain Smith, or he could end up costing them a first round pick for drafting a guy, as well as the two seconds they sent away for him.
There is also a chance the team could package a deal and collect more picks. We’ll see on Thursday night what they decide to do in the first round.
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