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  • 49ers announce trade of QB Alex Smith to Chiefs

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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs finally have their new quarterback.
    The Chiefs officially traded for Alex Smith on Tuesday, the first day of the new league year — and nearly two weeks after the San Francisco 49ers agreed to the deal. All that's left is for Smith to pass a physical and the paperwork to be filed with the league.
    That business is expected to be finished Wednesday.
    The 49ers will receive the Chiefs' second-round pick, 34th overall, in this year's draft and a conditional pick in next year's draft, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed.
    Kansas City also agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $16 million deal with former Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, a three-year, $12.6 million contract with defensive tackle Mike DeVito, and a three-year deal with former Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
    The moves continue what's been a busy offseason for the Chiefs under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid. Last week, they signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year, $54 million deal, punter Dustin Colquitt to a five-year, $18.75 million deal, and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, promising him $9.83 million for the 2013 season.
    Dorsey and Reid were not available to comment on Tuesday's moves.
    "Part of this movement was from a philosophical belief that has been ingrained in me," Dorsey told AP in an interview last week, when asked about how quickly he's hit the ground running.
    "Winning organizations," he said, "do moves like this."
    Under the three-year contract he signed last March, Smith is guaranteed $8.5 million for the 2013 season, though it's possible the Chiefs will attempt to sign him to a new deal.
    The Chiefs' big spending was made possible by carving out space under the salary cap.
    The new regime has released right tackle Eric Winston, wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss, and restructured the mammoth contract of defensive end Tyson Jackson. The Chiefs are also expected to release incumbent quarterback Matt Cassel in the coming days.
    The poor play of Cassel, who has two years left on a six-year, $63 million deal, is one of the reasons the Chiefs went 2-14 last year and have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and why the new front office targeted Smith in the days and weeks after their arrival.
    Smith had eight up-and-down years with the 49ers, but thrived under coach Jim Harbaugh. He went 13-3 as the starter two years ago, and was 6-2 at the midway point this past season, completing 18 of 19 passes with three TDs in a Monday night win over Arizona on Oct. 29.
    He then sustained a concussion in the second quarter of a 24-24 tie against St. Louis on Nov. 11, saying later he threw a touchdown pass with blurry vision. Smith sat out the next game, Colin Kaepernick dazzled in his debut as an NFL starter — and Smith never started again.
    Page 2 of 3 - Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl and Smith became expendable.
    Smith approached the delicate situation with grace, and said in response to questions about it, "I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion."
    "We would like to thank Alex for his contributions to the 49ers organization over the past eight years," 49ers GM Trent Baalke said in a statement Tuesday. "He is a true professional who represented the 49ers with class on and off the field."
    Smith will try to settle a Chiefs quarterback situation that's been shaky for years.
    After leading Kansas City to the playoffs in 2010, Cassel struggled to perform at the same level. He injured a hand in 2011, forcing Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton to finish out the year, and a head injury this past season cleared the way for Brady Quinn to step in.
    Quinn fared little better in eight games and became a free agent.
    The only other quarterbacks on the Chiefs' roster were former fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi and journeyman Alex Tanney, so Dorsey and Reid targeted Daniel to provide some depth.
    Daniel has spent the past three years backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans.
    Fasano, who spent the past five seasons with Miami, has proven to be a solid pass-catching tight end. He had 41 catches for 332 yards and five touchdowns last season, and has 205 catches for 2,373 yards and 24 touchdowns in 108 career games.
    DeVito, a run-stuffing defensive tackle, started 15 games for the Jets last season. He'll be expected to solidify a defensive line that struggled to stop the run last season.
     
    UPDATE:
    Chiefs add CB Robinson, WR Avery on busy day
    DAVE SKRETTA,AP Sports Writer
     
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs remained active in free agency on Wednesday, announcing a deal with cornerback Dunta Robinson and agreeing to a contract with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery.
    The Chiefs also scheduled a news conference to introduce quarterback Alex Smith, who was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers when the new league year began Tuesday.
    Under new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have been at work overhauling a team that went 2-14 last season, and will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time. They have already signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to long-term deals, franchised left tackle Branden Albert, and agreed to contracts with free-agent tight end Anthony Fasano, defensive tackle Mike DeVito and backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
    Robinson, who was cut by the Falcons three years into a six-year, $54 million deal, should provide depth across the defensive backfield for the Chiefs. He not only could play cornerback opposite Brandon Flowers, but he has the ability to play nickel back or back up starting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.
    Page 3 of 3 - The former first-round draft pick of the Texans, Robinson has played 131 games over nine NFL seasons with Houston and Atlanta. He has 580 career tackles, 5 ½ sacks and 17 interceptions with 87 pass breakups.
    The Chiefs have had a gaping void at cornerback ever since losing Brandon Carr to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency last offseason. They had signed Stanford Routt to a three-year, $18 million deal, but cut him midway through the season, and Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown were unable to solidify the starting job.
    Avery agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Kansas City, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the transaction had not been announced.
    The speedy wide receiver showed promise after the Rams selected him in the second round in 2008, but he missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury. Avery spent last year with Indianapolis, where he caught a career-best 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Colts reach the playoffs.
    He's expected to replace Steve Breaston, who was recently released, and compete with Jon Baldwin to be the No. 2 wide receiver opposite Bowe, who recently signed a five-year, $56 million contract.
    The trade for Smith and acquisition of Avery is expected to shore up a pass offense that ranked last among the 32 teams in the NFL last season with just under 170 yards per game eight touchdown passes.
    Fasano should also help out the passing game after catching 41 passes for 332 yards and five TDs for the Dolphins last season. Tony Moeaki is the only other tight end on the Chiefs' roster.

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