Chiefs Looking To Extend Alex Smith’s Contract This Offseason

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The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to lock up QB Alex Smith for the foreseeable future this offseason, according to Jason Cole of the National Football Post.

From NFP:

Smith led the Chiefs as they went from 2-14 in 2012 to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance this season. He has one year left on a three-year deal he signed in 2012. The final year is worth $7.5 million, all of that in base salary, making Smith vastly underpaid compared to other quarter-backs of his experience and ability.

For example, Jay Cutler signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract last week with Chicago. That deal included $54 million guaranteed in the first three years.

Smith was terrific for the Chiefs last season and was arguably the primary reason the team was able to turn things around, all due respect to Andy Reid.

While Reid’s coaching surely helped the Chiefs play a smarter and more disciplined brand of football, Smith’s smarts and ability on the field is what helped the Chiefs roll to a 9-0 start. Not all of KC’s early season victories came easily, and if it was not for Smith taking great care of the football, the Chiefs may not have made the playoffs at all.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Smith’s season was that he improved as the year progressed. Smith capped his season with one of the best QB performances in Chiefs playoff history. He threw for 378 yards, with four TDs and no interceptions. Although he did have one crucial fumble, the loss can hardly be placed on Smith’s shoulders. The QB lost his second best receiver and his running back and did what franchise QBs do; put the team on his back.

At this point, there shouldn’t be much doubt that Smith can win without former coach Jim Harbaugh. There also shouldn’t be much doubt that he can help the Chiefs be a consistent winner.

Smith is one of those QBs that is likely to have detractors, even should he lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory (see Manning, Eli).

The fact of the matter is, Smith is the guy the folks running the Chiefs wanted last offseason and the QB did nothing but reward them for their faith in 2013.

The Chiefs are wise to lock Smith up now. KC is all in on Alex Smith so if you aren’t on his bandwagon, you might as well hop aboard. He’s going to be around for a while.

Topics: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Tristian Shelley

    Thrilled to hear this news. Im waiting for Micah to make his usual asinine comments about Smith not being a franchise QB but im glad the Chiefs and most of Chiefs nation dont agree with you Micah. Anyways I guarantee after they lock him up he will talk about finally being in a place where hes wanted. Its nice to see. Guy has been through hell and back but hes better for it. Hes determined to bring a championship here and I think he will with his work ethic and the coaching of Reid. Dont be suprised if he is an MVP candidate next year. I know Alex will do hispart against that tough schedule next year. The question is will his receivers catch consistently and will his defense help him out? Its a team game but we all know QB gets too much credit or too much blame. Lets hope free agency and the draft address the needs and we can put a championship team on the field for years to come.

    • micah stephenson

      Why wait for my comments?

    • micah stephenson

      Wow! Lol. It went from we win or lose as a team to its everyone else’s(wrs/defense) fualt except Alex.

      • toperspective

        Alex is a special case. It’s rare to find a player with such a rare combination of skills that nothing is ever his fault. Chiefs win – it’s AS. Chiefs lose – it’s not AS.

    • micah stephenson

      If you gone you gone call me out at least don’t make up stuff and put words in my mouth. I have said over and over and over agian. He is not that good but not that bad. He just hella avg. He mediocre to me. Some people like you and Jason think he all that and that’s ok. I just don’t. If you are ranked right in the middle at QB you are still a franchise QB. Franchise QB is whoeva the franchise’s QB is. That don’t make him elite. That don’t make him any younger or better.

    • micah stephenson

      MVP candidate?……pass some of that s**t over here. Lol. You must got some of that super duper good! Lol

    • micah stephenson

      What do you mean will his defense help him out? Wat was the defense doing when they was taking the ball away setting him up for easy scores? How did Alex have those yards without the wrs yac?

      • Johnny cowboy

        I think when anything defense is brought up its meant to be secondary.. There was NO long rushes broke.. ITS SECONDARY ISSUES. Bit time! Cooper and Robbinson aren’t ready for the NFL. They need more training. When you watch the NFL you see some no names, knocking passes down, atleast keeping up with the receivers. Id rather have them keeping up and get called for Pass Interference then just getting burned for a TD. We need some secondary changes. Our offense is going to be insane good with a few new WR and a powerhouse TE like the TE from Texas Tech Jace.

        • micah stephenson

          K.Lewis needs to b upgraded. D.Robinson cut. Flowers needs to stay at the #1 and not back and forth in the slot. I like Cooper and Parker, they just need more playing time. We still got S.Commings that might b the 4th or 5th CB mayby starter at fs. We need a CB or 2 & another safety. But more importantly we need to improve the pass rush. Don’t matter who the DBs are when you can’t get to the QB.

          • Johnny cowboy

            I agree were missing 1 solid player on the D line. I like the healthy Houston, Hali and Poe, could really shake things up with another solid D line man. I think Cooper will be amazing in a year or two, but really needs to work on NOT getting burned, hes 6’3 with a huge span, he just cannot risk getting beat on the bombs. You figure his wide span would knock the ball down but sure not the case. And these crucial games, shouldn’t be his practice. Manning is the one who put him on the map, after that, every team had their plan A to beat us. Mix some rushes then attack cooper 2-3 plays in a row. I’m very curious whats going to go on off season. Im thinking load up on all defense. But then again, a huge TE weapon for Smith to throw to at the same time that will leave some other receivers wide open, especially if they are double teaming a bad @ss tight end.

          • micah stephenson

            Yea Devito will b 30 and gives us no pass rush. T.Jack might b gone but he didnt give us much pass rush anyway. A J.J.Watt type at DE would b nice! L.Houston from oak use to get after the QB, idk wat he has done lately but he might b a possibility. Bottom line is we need to get more pass rushers in the line up. Those deep plays our D gives up doesn’t happen if they didn’t have time to develop.

          • Johnny cowboy

            L Houston is a BEAST! We could use him for sure!!! He’s not making much either http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/lamarr-houston/
            Could use him for sure went Free Agent I believe too.

          • micah stephenson

            I’m loving the ideal of TE Armaro or Britton in the 1st rd. Smith perfers not to pass deep, so get him the best TE so he can just keep passing for 5-10 yards up the middle. With our RBs, the TE shud b open on every playaction we run. And besides I’m not a huge Fasano fan. Lol. I know Jimmy Grahm is prolly a fantasy but boy he would b nice.

          • Johnny cowboy

            I agree TE Armaro is a BEAST he will have to be double teamed or he will be having 150 yard games. That’s gonna open up ALOT of weapons for us. Plus on blocking hes a massive blocker. Hes by far the best TE, that NC TE is not even close in my eyes. The teams that have had luck with defeating our defense have 1-1.8 second releases I mean they beat on on release speed. During the indy game, we crushed the pocket a good amount of times and caused luck to throw bad passes. But the few times he had open he sure took advantage of it, and our secondary setting Indian style out there DIDNT help at all. We need a very good safety, fast as F*$&#k. Need to cut Albert and free up some money aswell. He’s gonna be expecting a huge pay day, and id rather keep Houston ALL day. If he stays healthy he will have 20 sacks next year. Dudes a beast. I would LOVE to see Gonzo give it another shot and retire red. I think our biggest offensive mess up is NOT having any TE. Imagine up with a Gronk or Graham. Reid likes convicts maybe he’ll go after Hernedez when his case gets chucked out lol j/k

          • tm1946

            What if, just saying, what if Flowers is done or worse yet, if the team has gotten better and he has slipped into the herd. It happens, be the star until age and better surrounding players catch up with his talent. Time will tell.

            As for Cummings, loads of praise for a kid who has done absolutely nothing since drafted. He may be the stud of the draft but no one, not one fan, can prove it.

            Lastly we will always need DBs, every year, every draft. If nothing else, for cheap Special teams help. I like Abdullah because of that.

    • erocks49ers

      I think you hit a nerve

  • micah stephenson

    I don’t like that ideal unless its a low paying contract and it definitely better not b anything like the Jay Cutler deal! Alex Smith, D Avery, and Fasano will b 30 yrs old. Bowe will be 29. When I look at that those are the spots I wanna get really young at and have a young offense that can grow together and b good for a long time (Luck, Fleener, Hilton) I would like to see us build from the ground up but that would b to much like right. I hope this works out.

    • Guest

      What does A. Smith have to do for you to see he is a good QB? He just had 4 TDs and no picks in a pivotal playoff game. The defense gave up that ass, period. In case you didn’t notice…Alex Smith doesn’t play defense, Micah.

      • micah stephenson

        Win playoff games and a superbowl.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          He did win a playoff game in SF and SHOULD have won a playoff game in KC. Normally I’d say a win is a win and a loss is a loss but the dude straight up balled in that playoff game.

          • micah stephenson

            The shuda cuda wuda’s don’t count. Some games you win equally, some you win on d, some on o. Some with special teams. Seems like we can’t win the ones we have to win the O. When our D can’t stop them our O can’t say we got it! The colts couldn’t stop us ether, but Luck was like I got this!

          • micah stephenson

            If he balled then at some point when the lead is getting smaller and smaller he makes some things happen and keep scoring or get us in fg range on the last drive. I’m not blaming him for the loss. He had a good game but balled out would been him do more and getting a win.

    • Johnny cowboy

      Im on the border line of Cutting Bowe on the drug charges and get out of paying him is 10 mil a year crap. Doubt he gets in any trouble though. Lets go grab some fresh talent. I have about 10 buddies that smoke and always have and everyone of them is lazier that the buddies I have that dont smoke. They move slower, think a little slower. No doubt it slows you down and your mind. Alex Smith can take us to the Superbowl. Look at what he did under the biggest pressure, everyone talking about KC not winning a playoff game in 50 years crap lol. And he goes out there throws for 380 yards, 4 TDs. Typically with a good defense you dont have to put up 50 points to win a game. Without Andrew living by his last name, we would be deep into the playoffs. Hopefully Alex will sign a more incentive based contract at 11-14 million a year. Cutting Albert, Cutting D Robinson, Cooper Needs cut or a S#^7t ton of training one or the other. If he speeds up with his big frame he could be a GREAT member of our secondary. But as of now, Im blaming ALOT of these deep missed passes on him. Needs to step it up or get cut and watch the Chiefs play on football from the living room TV

  • Blake Molina

    I truly think Alex Smith could be a QB to lead this team to a Super Bowl

    • Johnny cowboy

      Alex Smith will lead this team to a super bowl. After winning 2 games to wining 9 in a row, taking Chiefs to the playoffs. Reid and Alex have a special connection. They are going to make a Superbowl run in 2014 or 2015 after everyone is calmed down, more mature together, and get their flow. Towards the end of the season our points were going from 15-23 to 30′s and 40′s. We can score, we can take on the shootout teams! This year we got screwed Bowe might of been a little too high to realize we needed a few more inches. And Mr Luck, had is name in his favor.

    • Guest

      I was a little skeptical prior to the season starting but he showed me a lot of heart and poise in tumultuous situations…He earned my trust and I’m riding with him from here on out! Those plays he made with his feet? Those TD passes in the playoff game last week? THE SHUFFLE PASS? Had we won, he would have received a lot more credit for his efforts….but I’m glad he didn’t. That seems to drive him, so I’m glad he plays the underdog card. That’s exactly what the Chiefs need as they are all underdogs themselves…We will back…with more toys.

  • Phillip Maxwell

    Locking up Smith would be a smart move. Don’t kid yourself, he may have been pushed aside in SF but, Kansas City is not the only place that Smith would feel “wanted”
    He was a key factor in taking the Chiefs from 2-14 to 11-5.
    I’m sure there are at least a hand full of GMs out there that would give their left nut to have Smith suited up for them.

    • toperspective

      How do nuts translate to draft picks?

    • micah stephenson

      Instead of they left nut I’d take a couple of draft pics for him.

  • micah stephenson

    Is Alex Smith better or worse than these QBs?
    P.Manning
    T.Brady
    A.Rogers
    D.Brees
    A.Luck
    Eli Manning
    Big Ben
    P.Pivers
    R.Wilson
    C.Newton
    T.Romo
    M.Stafford
    Kopernick
    J Flacco
    RG3
    J Cutler
    M.Ryan
    ALEX SMITH
    A.Dalton
    Tannehill
    N.Foles
    GENO SMITH
    S.Bradford
    M.Vick
    C.Palmer
    M.Cassel.
    I can move these QBs up or down a notch or 2 but that’s about where the QBs and Alex Smith ranks to me. So how much do you pay Alex and how many yrs do you sign him for?

    • D forte

      After number four you can argue he is better then anyone above him on that list.

      • micah stephenson

        Better than Luck, Eli 2 rings, Big Ben 1 ring, flacco a ring, Kopernick almost had a superbowl ring. P.Rivers, Wilson, Newton, Stafford, Romo, all better.

        • D forte

          That is just one mans opinion.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          I think you can argue he is right up there. Basically, right now, he is Joe Flacco/Eli before they won the Super Bowl.

          • micah stephenson

            I don’t think Flacco is all that. He did win a ring. But the D set records that yr. He got hot for a moment at the right moment. Same thing it will take for Alex.

          • toperspective

            And you can easily argue that he’s not. One good game and people lose their minds.

        • Johnny cowboy

          Micah You must be in Denver enjoying all those new KUSH laws. Damn put that pipe down.. Alex Smith is a top 10 QB, if you think different. Then your opinion is not even worth reading on here. Everyone just ignore this cat. Do you realize the first 4-6 games Smith was getting his Rythem realizing he hes a fast old avery and a high Bowe to throw to. No one else, no tight end.. He still made it to the playoffs and won 11 games. Compared to last years 2 games. Wait till he gets some weapons or someone that can catch the ball. QBR and ALOT of talk about him being a top 5 Elite. Hes got it in him, just not a risk taker. I wouldnt blame him when you have no major receivers. Charles doesnt count..

          • micah stephenson

            I think over 99% of the population would agree Alex Smith is not a top ten QB.

          • micah stephenson

            If you think Alex Smith is a top ten QB you are putting more than some Kush in yo pipe. Lol

          • Deadmeat

            He put up 44 points with crappiest receiving corps out of all the playoff teams. Lost his main Runningback, Lost his #2 Wide Receiver, then lost his #2 Runningback. He had been progressively getting better all the second half of the season. He put the ball where it was needed to be with Bowe. By the way, Andy Reid most likely called that play, he is the HC who makes those calls. I am going to say, he is a bit better than average. I think he is in the Top 15.

    • Phillip Maxwell

      Let me ask you this Micah, of all the guys on your list above Smith how many are coming to KC any time soon to lock up a deal?
      On another note, who among them throws 15 TDs to every 1 Int.?
      How many have won 75% of thier regular season games in the last 3 years?
      Lets face it, he IS the right man for THIS job.
      We tried to go after Manning remember? How did that turn out for us?

      • micah stephenson

        ZERO! THATS WHY YOU DRAFT A QB! Of the top 23 QBs how many of them were drafted by they team? We know Manning and Breese was not. Manning was let go because luck was coming and breese because Rivers was in place. To get a guy most of the time you have to draft him. 0% of the QBs have a 15-1 TD-int ratio. He is the right guy to keep the spot warm till we can get a guy.

        • toperspective

          The other thing about drafting a QB is that they are cheap. One advantage that Seattle and SF is that they have terrific QB’s and they are not spending 15% of their cap on a QB.

      • micah stephenson

        Manning didn’t even want to visit kc. He know they ain’t giving nobody 100 million.

        • Phillip Maxwell

          Exactly my point.

    • toperspective

      I could nitpick that list but I think most GM’s and experts would rank Alex close to where you ranked him. I have no idea where Eli and Stafford should be ranked after their brutal years.

  • Johnny cowboy

    Alex smith with no receivers is a top 8 QB – Alex smith with receivers and a TE is a top 5 QB. The man is about stats, wont take shots unless they are there.. After this year KC will draft or grad atleast 3-4 new players with great catching ability. CUT cooper, and Robinson. Get Bowe a FULL off season hella work out, turn him into someone who’s worth what hes paid. With him performing, Charles healthy, a solid TE I love to Texas Tech Jace He’s a BEAST! We need him! This draft is packed full of WR’s!

    • micah stephenson

      Jace is quickly becoming a fan favorite. He might b my this yrs Geno Smith. So far I like that dude. He would make Alex Smith look real good!

    • toperspective

      Top 8? Stop. Even his mamma doesn’t think he’s top 8.

      • micah stephenson

        Lmao this time! Lol. Even his momma would b like “top 8?” PA-LEASE! Lol

  • D forte

    Dude wants to win, I bet he is willing to sign a team friendly deal, probably around 14/15 mil per year ( don’t think his agent will let him do it for less).

    • toperspective

      Then it’s not team friendly unless the guarantee is low.

      • D forte

        Should have explained what I meant. But if it is extended 4 years at 14 mil a year (back loaded would be even better) and then add in next year at 7.5, that’s only a little over 11 mil a season. For a QB as good as him that’s a deal. The way things are going in the NFL , 14 mil a year for a good starting qb will be low by the time that contact expires.

        • toperspective

          Alex had a decent season and a really good playoff game. Everyone only seems to remember the last game. I’m just not convinced that the Chiefs should be all in on Alex for 5 more years. He’s a nice, competent QB. If the Chiefs need a score with 1.30 to go… is Alex the guy? I doubt it, but I’m clearly in the minority.

          • micah stephenson

            He couldn’t get us in fg range on the last drive with plenty of time on the clock. Why as the game got closer and closer, we knew it was over? Why didn’t we have any faith the offense would answer eventually? A lot of 49s fans told me Alex is cool as long as it ain’t 3rd and long or you behind in the game.

          • KCMikeG

            Smith did his job. We should have been in FG range if we had a kicker worth a crap at 50+ yards. We passed on a 57 yarder at the end of the first half and threw a Hail Mary because Succop was 1 of 4 from 50+ this year. The last play of the game would have been 60 but there are a dozen kickers who could have made the ist one and had a shot at the last one. Plus if Bowe thinks back to his WR 101 class he would have dragged his toe instead of stepping out of bounds. That would have put us inside the 20 where even Succop has a chance.

          • D forte

            Those 49er fans must have forgot about his 6 4th quarter comebacks in 2011, including one where there were down 18 going into the second have vs Andy in Philly.

  • Johnny cowboy
    • micah stephenson

      Is that a wr or a TE!!! O my lordy jesus! He looks like he got some speed too!

      • Johnny cowboy

        Video resembles Tony Gonzales in his College days. With a little more speed. His blocking videos on screen passes are amazing, but thats also running over college players. Not the NFL. But will be the next Gronk, etc… Whoever gets him is gonna be lucky

    • toperspective

      Looks good but he’s no Fasano.:)

      • Johnny cowboy

        Exactly he’s in the game getting action. Not warming up that bench! lol

      • micah stephenson

        Lol

  • tm1946

    Only concern is salary cap. We have issues at WR, TE, LT, CB, DE, and LB. We need to spread a little money around. I am fine with Smith but he needs a team around him for success.

    Had Fisher been a beast at T, just waiting to take over LT, It would have helped some. But that is not the case, apparently.

    • Johnny cowboy

      Im pissed about Bowe’s contract he need 100+ Yards every game to live up to that money.

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