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Morning Tailgate: Alex Smith Departs

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 14, 2013 – 11:26 AM

Player turnover is inevitable in the NFL. On Wednesday, the 49ers welcomed Glenn Dorsey to the organization while Alex Smith, Dashon Goldson and Isaac Sopoaga held their introductory press conferences with their new teams.

Following an eventful eight-year run that culminated with back-to-back playoff runs, Smith joined Kansas City coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey at the podium to greet the local press on Wednesday. Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle shared her impressions of Smith’s first appearance with his new organziation.

“Wednesday was the first day of Smith’s marriage to the Chiefs, following his quick divorce from the 49ers,” Killion said. “Both parties sounded infatuated with each other. Smith targeted the Chiefs as soon as he realized he wouldn’t be released, and hoped for a trade.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate updates you on the latest activity with the 49ers in free agency.

Stay on top of all the free agent movement with 49ers.com’s Free Agency Tracker, which is updated daily.

CSNBayArea.com shared two videos (Part 1 / Part 2) of Smith’s introductory press conference.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discussed the relationship between Smith and Reid.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examined the potential impact of Dorsey on the defensive line.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com analyzed how Dorsey could affect the versatility of the defense.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passed along comments from Dorsey.

Barrows relayed Dorsey’s comments about his first experience with the 49ers and d-line coach Jim Tomsula.

Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com examined the possibility of Nnamdi Asomugha, Charles Woodson and Ed Reed joining the 49ers.

Maiocco and Barrows reported Asomugha is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Thursday.

Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group looked ahead to the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry for 2013.

Branch reported Woodson held a lengthy visit with the 49ers on Wednesday.

Branch also shared comments from Goldson’s press conference in Tampa Bay.

Jordan Raanan of NJ.com passed along highlights from Sopoaga’s press conference in Philadelphia.

49ers.com’s coverage looked at Dorsey’s new deal with the team (story / photos / press release), West Virginia WR Tavon Austin, Daniel Kilgore’s role at the upcoming Food City 500, the top recent free agent additions and Delanie Walker’s departure.

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33 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Alex Smith Departs”

  1. By bow53 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    thanks for the great effort and good memories alex smith, u will be just fine in kansas……………

  2. By tanglung on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Good luck with your new team Alex.

  3. By 49th Samurai on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I’m going to miss Delanie Walker and Sopoaga way more than Smith

  4. By mfkram64 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    smith is off board signed with chiefs…i like asmoungha..6’2″ can cover big rec’s…i know he didn’t look good for 2 years in philly but they didn’t play him to his strength…he comes here with that chip on shoulder wanting to prove he still has it..frangio and harbaugh will make the right move…i know he isn’t physical but i don’t think a cb needs to be a big hitter…just keep up and shut down your guy…

  5. By mfkram64 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    woodson is a reach..but he still produces and signing him to mentor a young safety would be nice..but at what price? ed reed would be a nice fit but again at what price? imagine reed back there all his exp…with a already awesome front 7 WOW!

  6. By johninchina on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    this is exciting to see the roster being filled and the “new” 49ers team unfolding . . . Seattle is on our heels and won’t the games with the “chickens” and the rams be great ? Yeh, go Niners, Baalke and company, keep going, we’re with you . . .

  7. By tanglung on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    49ERS

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    big twitter rumor going on right now is that if Nnamdi signs with the 49ers he will be asked to play FS,his natural position from college,,,,hhmmmm

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    and with the title of todays tailgate you would have thought that 11years with alex our resident blog hater,would have been the first one to post on here today,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST

  10. By temper11 on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Alex. Good luck in KC.

  11. By ninerfanfromtonga on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Just wanted to express my appreciations to Alex Smith. Thank you for your hard work, your exceptional humility, your leadership, your professionalism. You will be missed. It is good that we won’t be playing the Chiefs this season, it would be hard to root against a man who have been a steady part of the Niners for eight years. Some of which were years we felt your pain as you struggled with really bad coaching staffs and some of the worst OLs ever to play the game. I simply say………”thank you!”

    Goooooooooooooooo Niners!!!!

  12. By tanglung on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    11years does not know how to act. He’s trying to come up with a new name. This could take some time cuz now he has to think. Not to swift in that department.

  13. By phatalerror on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    And after all of the ‘I was pro-Alex until The Coach named Kaepernick the starter’ comments by users like Dave G., tanglung, and mfkram64, what comments are made by that superfluously opinionated, haughty, and foul-mouthed group?

    “Good luck with your new team Alex.”

    “smith is off board…”

    Or just silence.

    You claimed to be fans, but there wasn’t a word of thanks for Smith’s role in getting the 49ers to their first consecutive Conference Championship game appearances in years. You’re not fans. You turned a blind eye to the backstabbing of Smith. Name another quarterback in league history that was drafted first overall by the team that had the worst record during the prior season, slogged through several miserable years with a treacherous coaching staff and front office, and began their career anew in a trade to the team that had the worst record during the prior season. This all developed during what was not only Smith’s best year of his career, but one of the best performances by a quarterback during 2012.

    Ingrates, Backstabbers, and Traitors, all of you. You rejoice at Smith’s departure. You’re not fans. You’re accomplices. This is not your fathers’ 49ers, but it certainly is yours. And you can have them. You deserve them. What are you going to be able to say for yourselves when league defensive coordinators have caught up with the fleet-footed but antsy-in-the-pocket Colin Kaepernick?

    There will be an accounting.

  14. By phatalerror on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    I gave myself a thumbs down right off the bat to get that nonsense out of the way. Click it as many times as you like. It won’t change the eventuality that is already well on its way.

  15. By geFrink on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Good blessings, be blessed, and shalom.
    A great Professional You are. Grand days ahead.

  16. By tanglung on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    phatablahblah, I am going to say this the only way you will understand. blah blah blah. No one cares what you say cuz I was always right, YOU ARE NOT RESPECTABLE. Your not even a 49ers fan…..

  17. By tanglung on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    THE SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS

  18. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    blahblahblah see how narrow dim witted u r…I’ve been posting about OUR TEAM…that’s moving forward and talking free agents to better r team..not alex smith..if u followed my post last 2 weeks it’s about OUR NINERS! so with that said smith of board was sean smith cb for Miami…a guy we were looking at…i’m over alex smith that is so old that horse left the barn so long ago another horse has left also…..get over yourself with alex smith my god already…

  19. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    now lets talk niner football not chiefs….49erdefense u like nnamdi at that position or at all? I like him sign for 2 years…no harm no foul…I think he would be a good fit…love to see them steal cribbs…he would be a big addition…think baalke has 2 moves left in fa that will hit the roof…

  20. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    right on tanglung….blahblahblah is still hooping on alex freakin smith…o right ol ready….this big post how alex had to come here and slosh this and bad that go get your crying towel….lets face it he got paid big money so stop complaining about coach’s and how bad the team was blahblahblah…..he got BIG MONEY! I feel so bad for alex ya RIGHT! and like I said the chiefs had the worse record last year but they r far from that…..Charles,bowe, good coach and a solid defense…they r a good team…so we will see how good alex does…to me I really don’t care…it’s about the forty niners not chiefs…see u come out and say we r not niner fans….we all know from this past year u r not a TRUE NINER FAN! we exposed u and we all see who u r!

  21. By 49erdefense2012 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    its not like alex “LED” the 49ers to an NFC champshp game. the front office surrounded alex with plenty of tools to get the job done and the defense had just as much to do with the success of the 2011 season as did alex,,maybe even more so,,,I will say no more,,,and yes mfkram I do like the pick-up if it happens,Nnamdi has something to prove, one must not forget that most of the problems with the eagles defense last year could be direcdtly linked to the fact that the defensive co-ordinator HAD NO CLUE what he was doing

  22. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    if they can land nnamdi …my wish list will be almost there lol….got a wr and a solid one…got the dt they needed big time young 27 and has a chip on his shoulder.. this is been my theme getting guys who’ve been in the league 4-5 years and r ready to prove they r good!..now they land nnamdi..than one more player to me that will be the cherry on top…ed reed or even woodson….than on to the draft..go get a stud d-line guy and come back with a top safety than cb….add depth than to me best available…rb or wr…just lovin being a niner fan it’s exciting to think about up an coming season……

  23. By Hermie on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    I knew it was just a matter of time before blahblahblah had to put his no-sense worth of thought on here. You “have” to have liked Alex if you were a “true” 9er fan. Well, thank you Alex for being a professional even if you were not the QB I had hoped for. I hope you do well with the Chiefs, and I am glad you are no longer the starting QB for the 9ers!!

    How is that blahblahblah!!!!

  24. By tanglung on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve still got 49ERS FEVER…..GO 49ERS….

  25. By tanglung on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    One more thing phatablahblah, I was always right, YOU ARE NOT RESPECTABLE……………..LMFAO….

  26. By gary potter on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    pt. i tried to say thanks to AS server won’t let me post.

  27. By gary potter on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    this is all i could get threw

  28. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    word out there going to land nnamdi and woodson….my wish list will be complete…o man what a great fa…if this all pans out…addressed all areas and didn’t spend a ton…..on to draft and watch harbaugh and baaalke work more magic….

  29. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    tanglung keep giving it to blahblahblah….. I love it….he is so in love with alex smith its scary…we aren’t real niner fans cuz we didn’t send love to alex when he walked out the door….booo fuc$ whoooo

  30. By mfkram64 on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    hermie I love it…couldn’t have said it better….thanks but it’s time for a new qb….o by the way it’s a stud in colin kaepernick….

  31. By tanglung on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    mfkram64. LMAO…lolololol

  32. By jeromy on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    its about fricking time! nananana nananana heyeyey goodbye!

  33. By rjdniner on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    AM BACK

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