Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith Contract Talks


While the offseason (slowly) progresses, there are still several different areas that the Kansas City Chiefs have to address. One of those main ones floating around is a contract extension for quarterback Alex Smith. Smith, however, doesn’t seem to mind waiting another season for the deal to get done.

Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star recently did a piece on Smith, where he said he “loved Kansas City”.

"“I’d love to have it done,” Smith said in a phone interview on Thursday. “I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players. … But when you’re talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy, and you want it to be something that is going to last and you can play out. A lot of things go into it.”"

This is good news for Chiefs fans, as Alex Smith had undoubtedly the best season of his career in 2013 and has proven to be the type of quarterback that Kansas City can depend on.

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Smith led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record (technically 11-4 since Chase Daniel started the final game of the season) and a playoff berth after the team came off of a league worst 2-14 record in 2012. He passed for over 3,300 yards and 23 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.

Smith is in the last year of a two-year contract he signed with Kansas City in 2013 and is due to make $7.5 million this season.

Covitz’s article made it sound like Smith would like to stay apart of Chiefs Kingdom, but is willing to wait until after the 2014 season is over.

"“You’re talking about until next March when free agency would potentially start,” Smith said. “It’s a long time between now and then for something to get hashed out.” – Smith in Covitz’s article"

Smith has gone 30-9-1 (can’t forget about that tie) in the past three seasons. Right when he was getting hot in San Francisco, he suffered a concussion and was later traded when Colin Kaepernick was deemed the 49ers’ future guy under center. Covitz made a good point in his article,

"Quarterbacks such as Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, who are all in the $18 million-a-year range, don’t have near the track record Smith does."

No they don’t Randy. No they don’t.

The Chiefs also have powerhouse linebacker Justin Houston going into the final year of his contract so the team has a lot to consider these days. All we can hope is that both guys get signed to deals that A) Make them happy and B) Don’t completely break the bank for the Chiefs organization.

For more fun stuff, did you see where Ron Jaworski ranked Alex Smith on his list of starting NFL quarterbacks?