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CHIEFS GO TO 49ERS AGAIN TO SIGN BONO

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Twice the Chiefs have gone to the San Francisco well, and twice they've come away with a quarterback.

Kansas City acquired the 49ers' Steve Bono on Monday, signing him to a two-year deal to serve behind Joe Montana, the former 49er acquired by the Chiefs last year.Bono signed a two-year deal reported to be worth $2.5 million, and the Chiefs gave up a conditional middle-round '95 draft pick.

"He has a great knowledge in running our offense," said Carl Peterson, Chiefs president-general manager. "He has been very successful in San Francisco. He gives us veteran insurance."

Bono, 31, spent five years with the 49ers, two with the Pittsburgh Steelers and two with the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has played in 40 career games, including nine starts, completing 266 of 479 passes for 3,114 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

In San Francisco, Bono backed up Montana and Steve Young. Last season, he played in eight games, completing 39 of 61 passes for 416 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

The trade is conditional on Bono's passing the Chiefs' physical.

Bono's experience helps the Chiefs, whose other backup quarterback, Matt Blundin, has seen almost no playing time.

The 49ers released Bono on Friday to make way for the trade and still comply with the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement.

Bono was scheduled to make $1.5 million this year and neither Kansas City nor San Francisco wanted to pay that much because of the salary cap. Under collective-bargaining agreement rules, Bono could not be asked to take more than a 30 percent pay cut in a capped year. The 49ers re-signed him to a two-year deal before they traded him to the Chiefs.

It was the third straight season the Chiefs have signed a veteran quarterback - though this time they are counting on him strictly as a backup. The Chiefs signed Dave Krieg as a Plan B free agent before the 1992 season. Last year, the club traded for Montana.

The Chiefs also said Monday they had released Chris Hakel, a quarterback signed late in the 1993 season.

Montana is the Chiefs' starting quarterback. The others are Bono, Blundin and Alex Van Pelt. The Chiefs also drafted Memphis State quarterback Steve Matthews, but he has a broken leg and might not be able to practice before camp.