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The First Move Of The Offseason

A report out of San Francisco on Sunday evening gives everyone a reason to believe that the first major move of the offseason in fantasy football is about to take place. A source says that the 49ers have a trade in place to unload backup quarterback Alex Smith “effectively done”. While it is not known for sure who the team is at the time of this writing, common sense seems to indicate that there is only really one team that we should be hyper-focused on with regards to this news, and that team is simply the only one that has expressed a real interest in trading for Smith to this point: the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs had expressed interest in trading for Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week, but the Eagles shot that notion down, insisting that they want Foles to compete with Michael Vick for the starting job in fantasy football in 2013. While it made sense that the Chiefs would want Foles (their new head coach Andy Reid worked with Foles last season in Philadelphia when Foles was a rookie), it had been clear from the beginning that Foles was not the only quarterback on the Chiefs’ radar.

Smith had been having an outstanding season in fantasy football in 2012 before he sustained a concussion and then watched his status as the team’s starting quarterback evaporate before his eyes as Colin Kaepernick performed incredibly in relief of him. Smith helped lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2011 and has established himself as the starting quarterback in fantasy football that the 49ers thought that he was when they drafted him with the first overall pick in 2005. Smith deserves to be the starting quarterback somewhere, and now it looks like somewhere is Kansas City.

Regardless as to whether or not the Chiefs decide to go in one direction or the other, the fact remains that Kansas City has a long way to go before they are true contenders in the National Football League. This team was so terrible in 2012, that even bringing in the best quarterback in the league would not do much of anything. They need to surround whoever they start at quarterback with a better line, more talented receivers and a defense that will make sure they can get stops to keep denting contention. Until all that happens, the Chiefs are just going to be another mediocre team going nowhere in the NFL.


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