The rumor has it that Alex Smith will request his release from the San Francisco 49ers after the season, making him available to the 31 other NFL teams. The 49ers will try to trade him but since most teams know he won't be a 49er next year either way, the trade market probably won't be hopping.

So, however it comes, Alex Smith is expected to be available, and people are wondering where he'll land.

That looks like just reading the leaves. The Chiefs need a quarterback so of course they have some level of interest.

So should the Chiefs sign him?

Absolutely. Smith handled himself well in San Francisco despite all the drama surrounding the team. He played well last year and the half season he played this year.

BUT ...

Don't let Alex Smith stop you from picking a quarterback in the first or second round. I'm all about hitting the free agent market and picking up a quarterback this offseason so long as it has no affect on the Chiefs draft day decisions. I want a quarterback drafted no matter who is signed in free agency.

Speaking of Smith, a familiar face weighed in on his future this week -- Scott Pioli, who talked with the Dan Patrick Show.