Finally, Aldon Smith can touch Alex Smith

Roman on Alex Smith: 'He's a nameless, faceless opponent'

Finally, Aldon Smith can touch Alex Smith
August 12, 2013, 7:00 am
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Alex Smith completed 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards vs the Saints in his Kansas City debut. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

 
For two summers, the 49ers' top sack artist was not allowed to make contact with Alex Smith. (AP)

 

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SANTA CLARA -- The previous two summers, the 49ers' top sack artist was not allowed to make contact with Alex Smith, the team's top quarterback during training camp.

All that changes Friday night, when the 49ers travel to face Alex Smith's Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

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So what happens if Aldon Smith has an opportunity to make a play against the opposing quarterback?

"Alex gets touched, right?" Aldon Smith said.

Gently?

"Just make the play," he answered.

Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, was with the 49ers for eight seasons. After Colin Kaepernick supplanted him as the team's top quarterback on the 49ers' Super Bowl run last season, he was traded to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick, No. 34 overall, and a conditional pick in 2014.

The Tennessee Titans traded up with the 49ers to select wide receiver Justin Hunter at No. 34. The 49ers chose defensive lineman Tank Carradine at No. 40. The 49ers then packaged a seventh-round pick they acquired in that trade to move up five spots in the third round to draft outside linebacker Corey Lemonier.

The 49ers also received a third-round pick from the Titans in the 2014 draft.

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The 49ers will receive another draft pick from the Chiefs as part of the Alex Smith trade. If the Chiefs finish with an 8-8 record or better, the 49ers will get the Chiefs' second-round draft pick next year. If Kansas City's record is below .500, the 49ers will receive a third-round pick.

When asked about Alex Smith, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman cracked, "He's a nameless, faceless opponent."

In Smith's exhibition debut with Kansas City, he completed 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards at the New Orleans Saints. With the 49ers, he has a locker room of friends and a coaching staff that holds him in high regard.

"(I) loved working with Alex," Roman said. "Very happy for Alex's success. Very appreciative of all the contributions he made while a 49er. Wish him nothing but the best. He's a fine, fine competitor and quarterback."

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