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Reid wanted QB Smith with Eagles

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First-year Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid got his man when he traded for quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason.

It turns out that he tried to acquire Smith several times before that.

Reid acknowledged that he attempted to trade for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback multiple times while he coached the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I just always watched him and thought, 'Man, I'd like to coach that kid,' " Reid told Peter King of theMMQB.com.

Smith was the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. Over the years, Reid was set at the position with Donovan McNabb and later Michael Vick. The Eagles also drafted Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles in recent years. Despite that, Reid said he always had interest in Smith.

"I'd always kind of had my eye on Alex, as (general manager John) Dorsey did, and we were able to get that thing done," Reid said.
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