Change can be confounding at times, and the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to ensure Alex Smith was aware of their draft plans last month.

Smith has guided the Chiefs’ offense for the past four seasons since being traded from the San Francisco 49ers, and was afforded some insight into the team’s plans before it drafter quarterback Patrick Mahomes 10th overall.

“You know, Alex is the consummate professional. He’s been through these types of situations before and we made sure we communicated with Alex leading up to the draft that we may make a move like this,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football. “And when we were on the clock and traded up with Buffalo, we made sure we again got in contact with Alex and he’s all on board with this.

“Listen, Alex Smith, his four years here, has the fourth-winningest record in the National Football League since he’s been here. That guy understands – this is his team. And the young guy understands – he’s going to learn and develop these certain traits that it takes to be a quarterback in this league.”

Smith remains the incumbent starter for the 2017 season, with Mahomes deferring to him during the rookie minicamp.

The former Texas Tech QB is being groomed to become Smith’s eventual successor, but it appears the franchise will be transparent with the veteran about their future plans.

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