It seemed so simple at the time.
The final tally will not be known until next year’s draft, but as things currently stand, the 49ers’ trade of Alex Smith has turned into a cumbersome eight-for-five deal that involves six teams – the 49ers, Kansas City, Tennessee, Green Bay, Denver and Miami.
Smith turned into a highly efficient quarterback at the right time for the 49ers.
He helped the organization go 13-3 in the 2011 regular season and advance to the NFC Championship. And he was playing the best football at the time he exited the lineup a year later due to a concussion -- never again to take a meaningful snap for the organization.
The 49ers parlayed Smith’s success into a trade that netted them a second-round draft pick in 2013. And because his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, won more than eight games last season, the conditional third-round pick turned into a second-round pick in last week’s draft.
To determine what the 49ers actually gave up and acquired in the trade, one must follow the paper trail. And, in fact, the book on the Smith trade will not be completed until next year. The 49ers own a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft from Denver as an offshoot of the Smith deal.
After all of general manager Trent Baalke's maneuvering, here is a current look at the Smith trade:
Includes players chosen in the draft slots the 49ers dealt as part of other deals.
1. QB Alex Smith to Kansas City
2. WR Justin Hunter (2013, third round, No. 34) to Tennessee
3. CB Will Davis (2013, third round, No. 93) to Miami
4. WR Charles Johnson (2013, seventh round, No. 216) to Green Bay -- Cleveland signed Johnson off the Packers’ practice squad last season.
5. WR Cody Latimer (2014, second round, No. 56) to Denver
6. WR Jarvis Landry (2014, second round, No. 63) to Miami
7. LB Jordan Tripp (2014, fifth round, No. 171) to Miami
8. LB Corey Nelson (2014, seventh round, No. 242) to Denver
1. DL Tank Carradine (2013, second round, No. 40) from Tennessee
2. OLB Corey Lemonier (2013, third round, No. 88) from Green Bay
3. RB Carlos Hyde (2014, second round, No. 57) from Miami
4. LB Chris Borland (2014, third round, No. 77) from Tennessee
5. Denver’s fourth-round pick in 2015.
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Following the trail of 'Trader Trent'. . .
--The 2013 second round pick (No. 34) the 49ers acquired from Kansas City last season was traded to Tennessee for a second-round pick (No. 40), a seventh-round pick (No. 216) and a fourth-round pick in 2014 (No. 77).
--The 49ers traded 2013 third-round pick (No. 93) and seventh-round pick (No. 216) to Packers to trade up for Lemonier.
--The 49ers traded 2014 second round (No. 56) and seventh round (No. 242) to Denver for second round (No. 63), fifth round (No. 171) and fourth round pick in 2015.
--The 49ers traded second round (No. 63) and fifth round (No. 171) to Miami for second round (No. 57).