Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) reacts against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Is Alex Smith Worth The Money


Alex Smith‘s first season for the  Kansas City Chiefs was nothing short of successful, even though it ended in gut wrenching defeat to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.

Currently, the Chiefs and Smith’s agent are “slowly” working out an extension to keep the pro-bowl quarterback in Kansas City for years to come. It makes sense for the Chiefs, and Smith, to have mutual interest but, in the case of the Chiefs, is Alex Smith worth the money he is asking for?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Smith is seeking a contract that pays him between $14-17 million dollars per year. This number could change, as the negotiations are moving slowly and PFT believes that the talks will really take off after the draft. Perhaps the Chiefs are using this strategy incase one of the top quarterback prospects happens to fall to them at 23.

Smith asking for $14-17 million per year, doesn’t quite put him in the Jay Cutler range of $18 million but, will put Smith amongst the average of top quarterbacks across the NFL. Guys like Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, and Matthew Stafford are all making $18 million and over and Smith’s play has definitely earned him a place amongst those names on the pay scale. So is Smith worth that kind of money?

Alex is only set to make $7.5 million in 2014, the final year of his current contract so he’s looking at a significant pay raise. Personally, I feel like Smith is worth that much money per year, based on his consistency the last few years and even capping it off with a career year in 2013. He set career highs in yards (3,313), touchdowns (23) and played almost perfectly against Indy in the playoff game. And for what its worth, he lead the game winning drive for team Rice in the pro-bowl.

Smith can be the answer for Kansas City if they want him to be and I think a lot of that will be answered based on how many years they give him. If the contract runs 5 years, Smith’s overall deal would be worth roughly $70 million total, not including a signing bonus or guaranteed money. That would put Smith under contract until he’s 34 years old, which is a time period where he could still be playing at a high level.

The sky is the limit for Smith in Kansas City and I do believe he’s worth the money if the Chiefs do decide to pay him. What say the rest of the Kingdom? Is Alex Smith worth the money, and how long would you extend him?

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  • Dustin Joyce

    Yes. Sign him up, and build around him.

    • Josh Michaels

      Agreed

  • Stacy D. Smith

    That PFT report is more speculative than anything else. I’ve read it several times now and I’m still not sure Smith ever actually said that was his asking price. Seemed to me to be Florio speculating about where he thinks the number line will be.

    • Josh Michaels

      yeah agreed, though I believe that is the reasonable number him and his agent are asking. He said so himself in a parting interview with the Program on 810 whb back in January that he believes every player has a worth, indicating he wasn’t looking to break the bank at this point in his career. I’d say those numbers are fair for Smith if KC can swing it.

    • Josh Michaels

      yeah agreed, though I believe that is the reasonable number him and his agent are asking. He said so himself in a parting interview with the Program on 810 whb back in January that he believes every player has a worth, indicating he wasn’t looking to break the bank at this point in his career. I’d say those numbers are fair for Smith if KC can swing it.

  • ChiefsSwede

    Absolutely YES! Anyone who says no to that question either must have been living in a cave for the last 10yrs (since Trent Green left) or have Micah as first name

    • micah stephenson

      I always like a Micah reference.

      • trinity

        You’re a celebrity on here lol

        • micah stephenson

          Your next. When they see Alex Smith or something QB related, they can’t wait to see what I have too say.

  • htmn74

    He’s worth all that and a bowl of chips. Natural born leader. Very efficient. Mistake free. A winner.

  • Brian Dempsey

    Yes, he’s worth it, if those reports are true about 14-17 mill. Case closed. This deal will get done.

  • jimfromkcj

    I don’t consider myself as living in a cave, but I do consider the ramifications of every move the chiefs make and the cap keeps getting in fewer and fewer hands. You just can’t win with a handful of players getting paid more than their position and talent warrants. The Cap is there to level out the playing field so big market teams can’t dominate year after year. small market teams can compete and the only reason we aren’t competing is because of a lack of good management and coaching. Clark needs to get a money man in to manage the cap. Dorsey has proved, at least to me, that he is not able to manage the cap. He splurged last year and was fortunate to play a few teams that were beset with injuries, and we won against 2nd and 3rd QBs. Now we are in cap hell.. We can’t afford to go after any first tier free agents and we are in no position to move up or down in the draft and we sorely miss that 2nd rd pick we don’t have.

  • Blake Molina

    Alex is absolutely worth that kind of money. I’d far rather have him over Cutler, and still for $3-4 mil cheaper! He certainly deserves Romo-Flacco level of pay.