From the looks of it, the 49ers are getting a king’s ransom for Smith. The Chiefs are giving up a 2013 second-round pick (No. 34 overall) along with another similarly high draft pick in 2014.
The trade won’t be official until March 12, when the league’s new year begins, but the deal is certainly in place. One should expect the Chiefs to also cut quarterback Matt Cassel.
What does this mean for the Browns? Essentially, a whole lot of nothing. Smith would never have fit the new offensive system that is in place; he’s much more suited for Andy Reid’s style. And when Cassel gets cut, no one should want him in Cleveland as anything other than a backup. There are other teams out there desperate enough to make him a starter, so he likely won’t be on the Browns’ radar.