Turns out smoke = fire. While the deal will not be completed
officially until the NFL’s new league year begins on March 12, FOX Sports’ Jay
Glazer reports the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to send quarterback Alex
Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The price? Kansas City’s second-round pick in 2013 – number 33
overall – and a “similar pick” in next year’s draft.
It’s a steep price to pay for a soon-to-be 29-year-old quarterback
with 1.5 good seasons out of eight. The first-overall selection in’05 has shown
a quite a bit of improvement since head coach Jim Harbaugh brought stability to
the 49ers’ organization. Now he’ll have be starting over with the Chiefs, whose
best playmaker (Dwayne Bowe) is set to become a free agent.
For the Eagles, it means a much more limited trade market
for Nick Foles, if there is one anymore at all. Foles would be worth more to head
coach Andy Reid than anyone else. Unless Foles can fetch a high second-round
pick, the Eagles will probably just as soon hang on to him.
Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer. The 49ers are in
great shape with Colin Kaepernick as their starting QB for years to come, and check
out how loaded they are with draft picks this April. They are going to be a
tough out in the NFC for years to come.
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.