Breaking news in Kansas City, as quarterback Alex Smith received a new deal on Sunday evening. Terez Paylor reported that the deal is for four years $68 million ($45 million guaranteed). KC Chiefs fans can breathe easy now that this deal is done.
The #Chiefs and Alex Smith have agreed to a four-year, $68M contract extension with $45M in guarantees, a league source tells me.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 31, 2014
Smith played in San Francisco for the first seven years of his career in San Francisco after being the first overall pick in 2005. He struggled during his first few years, but turned the gears on in the 2011 season when he led the Niners to the NFC Championship game.
The following year saw Smith on pace to have a career season until he suffered a concussion and was soon replaced by 2011 second round pick Colin Kaepernick. Kap started the rest of the season and led the Niners to the Super Bowl where they eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Regardless of losing in the Super Bowl, San Francisco decided that Colin Kaepernick was their future guy and parted ways with Smith, trading him to the Chiefs. Kansas City went after Smith during the 2013 off-season after suffering a 2-14 record and an overall terrible season.
Smith was signed to just two years initially, but after his astonishing first year in Kansas City, fans knew he’d be staying a Chief longer. Smith’s 2013 season saw him throwing for over 3,300 yards (and rushing for over 400), 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown.
Now the next step is to get outside linebacker Justin Houston signed to the deal that he deserves. Jamaal Charles got a big contract extension a month ago, now Smith has an extension, so let’s get Houston signed to a long-term deal.
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