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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