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Under the current NFL schedule rotation, Kansas City quarterback-in-waiting Alex Smith would play against his soon-to-be former team in 2014.
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The 49ers are set to open play in their Santa Clara stadium at the beginning of the 2014 season. The 49ers last played the Chiefs in Kansas City in 2010, so barring a change to the schedule formula, Kansas City would come to the 49ers' new stadium in its inaugural season. The Chiefs inherit the final two years of Smith's contract, so he is signed through the 2014 season.
Speaking of Smith's contract, when he signed with the 49ers in the summer of 2005 as the No. 1 pick in the draft, his deal called for him to make $57 million over six seasons.
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But after injuries in 2007 and 2008, Smith agreed to a significant pay cut. He signed two more contracts with the 49ers before the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The final figures are in: Smith played eight seasons, during which time the 49ers paid him a total of $54.8 million, according to a league source.
That averages out to $6.85 million a season. Yes, that's a lot of money. But that's not an exorbitant amount of money for a quarterback in the NFL who was chosen with the No. 1 overall pick.
A lot has been made about Smith's past two seasons under the direction of an offensive-minded head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and the same offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. But Smith's turnaround really began after he came back from shoulder injuries that derailed his 2007 and '08 seasons.
In Smith's final four seasons with the 49ers, he started 45 games and completed 62.1 percent of his attempts with 62 touchdowns and 32 interceptions for a passer rating of 88.2