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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Report: Better than .500 finish will cost Chiefs a second-round 2014 pick to 49ers in Alex Smith trade

05/06/2013 12:32 PM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

The Chiefs had to give a second-round pick in this year’s draft to San Francisco in the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith. We already knew they would have to give up a conditional second- or third-round choice in next year’s draft as well.

Now we know what determines which pick it will be. According to, the Chiefs will give their third-round choice to the 49ers if they finish below .500 this year. The pick is a second-rounder if the Chiefs have a record of 8-8 or better.

Not to worry. Las Vegas has posted odds for the regular-season NFL games and the Chiefs are favored to win only five. Even if they also win the two games set as a pick ’em, that’s just a third-rounder to the 49ers.


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