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Alex Smith to Chiefs Likely: Report

Alex Smith could follow in Joe Montana's footsteps -- with a trade to KC.

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sideline against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens won 34-31. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    No quarterbacks in the draft. Really no quarterbacks available on the free agent market.

    That boils down to one solution for the Kansas City Chiefs, according to experts.

    Alex Smith.

    The much-maligned, then briefly-beloved San Francisco 49ers quarterback could be the best fit under center for the rebuilding Chiefs, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which analyzed the words of Chiefs GM John Dorsey.

    Dorsey, a new hire, along with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid are said to be bereft of many good options aside from trading for a quarterback, with slim pickings on the free agent market and in the draft.

    So rather than spend its No. 1 overall draft pick on someone they're not thrilled with, the Chiefs may be compelled to trade the pick for a proven QB. And that coud be Smith.

    Trent Dilfer, himself a former 49ers quarterback, said on the NFL Network that Reid is fond of Smith's skills.

    And the 49ers are eager to deal the veteran, who lost his starting job after injury to Colin Kaepernick. There's a financial incentive: Smith is due a $7.5 million guaranteed roster bonus if he stays on the 49ers' roster past April 1.