What Does Alex Smith’s Pro Bowl Nod Mean for Looming Contract Extension

The Kansas City Chiefs have a Pro Bowl quarterback. Granted, Alex Smith got his nod because New England Patriots quarterback declined his invitation to the annual NFL all-star game after he led his team to a 16-26 loss in the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but he’s going to Honolulu with nine of his teammates nonetheless.

But, what does that mean for him going forward?

Throwing for 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions put Smith right in the middle of the pack for quarterbacks in the NFL this season at #17. In regards to passing yards, that’s one spot behind Superbowl-bound Seattle Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson and two positions ahead of Smith’s replacement, San Francisco 49ers front-man Colin Kaepernick. Both of those guys were pretty high on the list of “elite quarterback” conversations this season.

In addition to putting up career-high numbers across the board for season totals, Smith also had the game of his career in that heartbreaking Wild Card loss to the Indianapolis Colts where he completed 30 of 46 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

The rumors have been flying since the Chiefs season ended with that game, that general manager John Dorsey may be looking to lock up Smith long term, as Smith only has one year remaining on his contract the team inherited when they acquired him from the 49ers during the 2013 off season.

Those rumors may be gaining ground as featured columnist B.J. Kissel from Bleacher Report tweeted out from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama that Smith’s agent Tom Condon was sitting down to dinner with Dorsey.

There’s a lot more getting done at the Senior Bowl than just scouting potential draft picks. Granted, Condon and Dorsey could just be having a drink and getting something to eat together, but you’ve got to think with Smith having the tag “pro bowl” added to his resume, that Condon is pushing harder now for a new contract.

Smith is due $7.5 million this year, which is a significant cap hit. If Dorsey makes this deal, it will be interesting to see what he can do in order to make the hit a bit more “team friendly.” Either way, signing the Chiefs quarterback to a new deal seems to be a top priority for the Chiefs.

We’ll keep you updated as this story progresses.

Weigh in, Addicts. Do you think Smith’s Pro Bowl nod increases his value? Let us know what you’re thinking below!

 

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  • larry syres

    I’m not sure it makes his value higher, but it certainly is an indication that more people are recognizing Alex Smith as a top ten quarterback. Put a few missing pieces in place on this team and Alex Smith will take you to the Super Bowl. Couldn’t happen to a better person either. Class guy and great leader!

    • micah stephenson

      Alex is not a top ten QB and paying like one would b a HUGE mistake!

      • larry syres

        The NFL is a business and I hope the Chiefs will make a good business decision to extend Alex for a reasonable amount that will benefit Alex and the team. That said, anyone that has watched football for the past three years will appreciate the fact that Alex Smith is a consistent winner. To think otherwise is ignoring the facts.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m not sure I disagree with this point, but I’d like you to name ten quarterbacks better than him.

        • micah stephenson

          I’ll name you 15 of them after work or on break.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Deal. This ought to be fun.

          • Montez K.

            @stacydsmith:disqus my father once told me when I was a kid….”Don’t argue with fools…because from far away it’s tough to see which is which.”
            This kid has clearly made the decision to hate Alex Smith no matter what he does for us. We have to assume at this point that he is an ex-girlfriend/sidechick of A. Smith himself..

          • Montez K.

            I would like to note though that I’m thoroughly impressed with the tenacity of @micah_stephenson:disqus …kid has put forth great effort and went to significant lengths to hate on #11…check his comment history…he is ruthless! lol

          • micah stephenson

            Lol. At least somebody appreciates the effort

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’ve long stopped arguing with Micah about Alex Smith. He’s wed to his disdain for the guy at this point. Too much has been said. Though I am curious as to which quarterbacks he’d put ahead of him because that, I think, will speak to his ability to evaluate quarterbacks.

          • Jason Seibel

            I would be willing to bet he just goes to the stats page of nfl.com and picks the 16 guys who had more yards than Smith. To Micah that is the only measure of who is better.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That would be about the only metric he could use to make that case, but that still wouldn’t quite get him there. Only two of the 16 quarterbacks who threw for more yardage had fewer attempts/completions.

          • berttheclock

            Yeah, I want to see where he places Russell Wilson, as he keeps telling one and all that selecting Donald Stephenson was a good move and that drafting is just a matter of rolling the dice in the first place. I wonder how he would like having Russell Wilson as the QB for the Chiefs. I, only, wanted Wilson as a backup as I thought he would have been far better than Stanzi and Quinn. My only fear of that pick, now, is that it might have saved Pioli’s career in KC.

          • micah stephenson

            Actually I don’t even look at the yards. If I sat down in a room with 32 GMs I would not need to know how many yards any of the QBs had. If you know football you know the QBS.

          • Suzi Conger

            Well said; Extremely true Montez (and your Dad :-) I quit attempting common sense, intelligence,, data reasoning with ms a long time ago…

          • micah stephenson

            P.ManningT.BradyA.RogersD.BreesA.LuckEli ManningBig BenP.PiversR.WilsonC.NewtonT.RomoM.StaffordKopernickJ FlaccoRG3J CutlerM.RyanALEX SMITHA.DaltonTannehillN.FolesGENO SMITH. I cut and pasted this from a list I already posted. A few notes. Eli Manning had no run game or pass protection so he had a bad yr, this might drop him down a notch or 2. This list was made before the playoffs, I’d now move Wilson in front of River sinse he has a superbowl appearance and Rivers don’t. Now like I’ve said b 4 we can all find reasonsto move them up or down a notch or 2 but that where I feel most the people should have them rated. Also I only know the yards Manning and Alex has this year, I look at more than that, so I don’t just think who ever has these most yards is better. I go by all the stats, the weapons the qb has, his coaching, talent, age, run game, pass protection, salary, and various different things. Its just not yards, its u a number of different.

          • ptiwthong

            You put Tony Romo and Cutler over Alex?

          • micah stephenson

            Yes. They have stronger arms and can easily put over 4000 yards on the board.

          • Dock42

            But do they win? The reasons you give are meaningless and irrelevant. Are they in the Pro bowl? Cutler is the most inconsistent QB in the league. Romo keeps shooting himself in the foot and can’t protect the ball.

          • NigerDeathChickenIsgood

            Jokes on you for looking up QB’a and wasting your time over nothing. Goes to show your ignorance.

    • micah stephenson

      What pcs would that b? A private plane, a limo, and tickets to the game? Lol

      • KCMikeG

        How about a starting TE and a real #1 WR. Bowe is a #2 and his contract needs to be redone.

        • micah stephenson

          We do need a TE. I’m tired of Avery and Bowe being the excuses now. So all we needed was a QB but now its all we need is a TE and Wrs. Wow.

          • KCMikeG

            Glad you agree on the TE but you can’t be happy with what we got out of Bowe after giving him his big payday. You have to agree that a $56M contract does NOT equal #25 in TD’s and #47 in yards. He even admitted he was “pretty tired” in the playoff game – seriously – tired. I don’t remember Josh Gordon being “tired” after putting up 1,000 more yards this season than Bowe or Megatron mentioning being “tired” when he put up more than twice (329) what Bowe did in that playoff game (150).
            I could live with Bowe at #1 IF – BIG IF – he steps up and plays like he has in past years. I’m proud of his team first attitude, his run blocking and maturity. Some of his shortages in stats this year were due to Reid’s focus on throwing to the RB/TE and that he had a new system & QB but he has to run better routes, be more aggressive going after the ball keeping defenders away with his big body and not going to the ground so frequently upon making the catch. IMO if we draft the next Julio Jones or AJ Green then Bowe would be a beast #2 WR not drawing double coverage. We could keep Avery in the slot along with Dexter.

          • Jim Harper

            Hey Mike! I have great news. I am officially in remission. Awesome!!! I may get to see that Super Bowl after all. Now about Bowe. I am afraid I have to disagree. He was getting double teamed all season and not getting targeted very much because Alex rarely throws into double coverage. Until we get a solid wide out with speed that trend will continue. We may already have that in Jenkins. He really started to come on towards the end of the season.

          • JimHarbaughsguys

            If KC is able to make AJ into something half way decent, the Niners will be blowing chunks.

            Your guy, Baldwin didn’t do a single thing all year long here in SF. But AJ actually made a big play near the end of the game for KC. When the trade occurred, Niner fans were all screaming “YES!” They thought Baldwin was the better WR. He was inactive for all but a handful of games.

            Don’t forget about Kyle Williams now. He is more quick than fast, but he can get down the field in a hurry as well. I really wanted to see him with Alex and Reid last year when the Niners stupidly cut him following Kap’s piss poor decision to throw it to a 3 teamed Boldin vs Carolina when 2 other guys were wide open by about 10-20 yards.

          • berttheclock

            That quick part is very important. Coming out of college, the negatives on Baldwin included comments that he was fast, but, not quick enough to get into stride and, coupling that with a disdain for hand fighting with aggressive d-backs spelled doom for trying to gain separation. One thing I like about Brandon Cooks, out of Oregon State, is he is both quick and very fast. I’m sure Baalke and Dorsey will both take long looks at him, but, I am afraid his combine times might move him up too far.

          • Suzi Conger

            but remember, KWilliams is the guy that handed the game win to NYG in ”12 post-season (and lost Alex’s/SF grab for a Ring) with his TWO critical fumbles…

          • JimHarbaughsguys

            We lost that game due to a number of freak or unfavorable events.

            1. The Niners regular return man, and the best of 2011, Ted Ginn was out with an injury. He has infinitely more experience returning kicks. Especially in bad weather conditions. As a consequence of his injury, the Niners were starting guys at WR who were on the practice squad of other teams not too long ago. No way does Ginn fumble 2x. Not even 1x.

            2. T. Brown got injured prior to the first fumble. Up to that point, he was shutting down the WR who would end up getting the TD after the first fumble. If Brown doesn’t get hurt, I have complete confidence that the Giants would not have scored that TD on 3rd and 10 (Eli threw it at Brown’s replacement) Brown would have batted it away or made Eli go elsewhere.

            3, The Niners got the same screw job KC got in the seaso finale when the ref blew the whistle early in that SD game during the fake punt when the SD player was still moving forward, and he was stripped. That play was ruled dead. A similar play happened with less than 5 minutes left in the 4th (after the first KW fumble) when the Giants RB Jacobs was still moving, and he fumbled the ball. The refs blew it dead however. Had that whistle not blown, the Niners get at least a FG from it and they win in regulation.

            4. Late in the game, the Niner offense was on the move and on a 3rd and short I believe it was we handed the ball off to Dixon. He had the whole right side of the field open if he could get past a DE. The DE dove and tripped Dixon up and he didn’t get the first down or what would have been an easy shot for a long TD run. Dixon stays up, the Niners win the game.

            5. Although it has nothing to do with the game itself, KW took the brunt of the responsibility for losing that game. Something, which Crabtree, the WR who Kap has gone too at the end of the Super Bowl and this past game has never said. Crabtree has never accepted responsibility for the Niners losses. Williams did.

            The Niners lost that game due to a number of events. And they were poised to win in 2012 with Alex. Afterall, Alex has been gold in the redzone from the 5 yard line in the redzone in the playoffs. Kap, has sucked piss water in his ability to put it in. Alex scans the field, sees Davis or Walker open on 2 straight plays in the endzone and the Niners win last year.

          • micah stephenson

            I agree. With his “risk aversion” he won’t throw into tight coverages or wondows very often. All during the playoffs, I would see wrs make dang good catches, and I would think to my self, our wr would have never made that catch cus Alex would never have thrown that pass.The coverage was too tight for him to feel cconfident to throw that pass.

          • Montez K.

            That’s a blessing Jim. Chief Nation is with you!

          • berttheclock

            Best news of the month. Scary stuff concerning far too many of my immediate family and friends.

          • Jason Seibel

            This should have 1000000000 ups! Damn glad to hear that Jim!

          • KCMikeG

            Fantastic news Jim!! There is reason for optimism in Jenkins and Hemingway both. I have seen what Bowe can do and find it hard to believe that what we saw was his best last year. Especially after getting $56M. Think about his 2010 season when he was doubled frequently and was the only decent WR on the team. With Cassel at QB he put up 15 TD’s and 1,162 yards which is his best season ever. No reason he should put up such a lame year.

          • Jim Harper

            My heart felt thanks to all of you for your kind words and encouragement. Just another reason I am so blessed to be part of the Chief’s nation. God bless you all! Now to address you, Mike. The primary reason that Bowe’s numbers were so low is that for probably most of the season Alex had not developed the trust in him to go get the ball even when he was covered. By season’s end that was no longer the case. Bowe’s playoff game was nothing short of amazing. We have an awesome group with 10 going to the pro bowl. Derek should not have been overlooked in the first place and Alex got well deserved recognition. I am already packed and ready for camp in St Joe!

  • Auburn78

    I don’t think being selected as an alternate to the pro bowl should change value. Value comes from in season work, and it was a pretty decent season. He deserves an extension but not at top 10 qb pay in my opinion. First he has been wanting to be somewhere that he is wanted and may sign for less with a fan base that really wants him back instead of constantly trying to do better. Secondly , have too many needs to over invest at the qb position. We aren’t beating teams with winning records. ….we need since more talent upgrades to do that. That cost $$$. But hey the year before we weren’t even beating bad teams.

  • micah stephenson

    No. Does not raise the value at all. The guys they chose didn’t wanna go, so they invited Alex. He shud paid like he ranked, so 17th highest paid QB is where his contract shud b.

    • toperspective

      I really hope they don’t break the bank. If they can’t come to a reasonable agreement, then pay him the 7.5M in 2014 and franchise him in 2015 so they can draft a QB to compete with Bray. 3-4 years sounds right…no longer. I just don’t see him as a franchise QB.

      • micah stephenson

        The franchise tag for him at any point is too much!

    • KCMikeG

      Agreed – finally. Funny thing is I looked up Smith’s salary and he was #17 at $8M! Being he is only going because Brady is pouting over losing has no impact on his new contract. I would say that he should be paid around Cutler’s $10M or Palmer’s $8M. If we could get him to do a 5 year $35M it would be fantastic.

      • micah stephenson

        Wow.

    • Jason Seibel

      Actually statistically speaking, Smith was better than Brady this year.

      • micah stephenson

        Ok I’m done. Lol. Better than Brady now? Lol. I guess Payton Manning is the only guy left that is better. Wow. Lol. Lol. Lol.

        • Jason Seibel

          Here are the stats, Micah:

          Tom Brady

          Season  Team                    Passing
          Rushing                         Fumbles
                                                          G       GS      Comp    Att
          Pct     Yds     Avg     TD      Int     Sck     SckY    Rate    Att     Yds
          Avg     TD      FUM     Lost
          2013    New England Patriots    16      16      380     628     60.5
          4,343   6.9     25      11      40      256     87.3    32      18      0.6
          0       9       3

          Alex Smith                             G        GS      Comp    Att     Pct
          Yds     Avg     TD      Int     Sck     SckY    Rate    Att     Yds     Avg
          TD      FUM     Lost

          2013    Kansas City Chiefs      15      15      308     508     60.6
          3,313   6.5     23      7       39      210     89.1    76      431     5.7
          1       7       3

          The only place where Brady was “better” was his total yards. But, he played
          in one more game than Smith and if you count Smith’s rushing yards, plus the
          220 passing yards he would have likely gotten in one more game, plus 2 more
          TD’s, they would have been nearly identical. Smith had a better QB Rating.
          The stats don’t lie and they’re not even manipulated.

          • micah stephenson

            Don’t waste yo time with stats cus I’m not gone read them. There is no amount of stats in the world that can convince me Alex is better than Tom Brady.

          • Jason Seibel

            Statistically he was. I don’t care what you’re convinced of. Numbers are numbers. Still waiting on 15 QBs who are better than Smith.

          • micah stephenson

            Where was the playoff and superbowl wins stats?

          • Jason Seibel

            That has nothing to do with who was better this season. Which is what I said. But, it would be right next to the “played in the same system for his whole career” stat.

          • micah stephenson

            oh okay I thought you was insinuating that Alex was better than brady, but u just saying that Alex had better stats in some categories than Brady did. Uh ok. brady had no wrs this yr but he turned chick poop into chicken salad like the good QBs do.

          • KCMikeG

            Wrong. Edelman was ranked #21 with over 1,000 yards and 6 TD’s. Bowe was ranked #58 and Amendola was #62 with just 40 yards less than Bowe. Gronk #74 only played in 7 games and had 4 yards less than Avery our #2 WR at #71. Looks like Alex Smith was the chicken salad expert to me.

          • micah stephenson

            Eldelman would not get anywhere close to a 1000 with Alex. Of corse Bowe is ranked low, new system and Alex at QB. The wrs stats suck cus of the QB! Enter Tom B into our offense, Bowe get 1200 yards 15 tds, Avery gets a 1000, Fasano gets a 1000, Dex about 750, Jenkins 200-3000.

          • KCMikeG

            So when when it’s Brady throwing the receivers suck but when Smith is throwing it is the receivers are great. Got it. So with Brady Bowe would have a season like he did in 2010 with Cassel? So then I guess Brady equals Cassel.

            Smith ranked higher in QB rating, only had 2 fewer TD’s and had the same completion % as Brady this year. Stop making excuses for Bowe or why doesn’t your excuse extend to Smith? It was a new system, new team and all new receivers yet Smith was able to exceed Brady’s performance in a system he has been in for years. Meanwhile Bowe stunk it up ranked #58.

            Brady would throw for 4,300 yards in our system just like he did in NE? So that means our receivers aren’t any better than the ones NE you are saying held back Brady. Plus you are saying Charles wouldn’t get any reception yardage in our offense with Brady even though he was our leading receiver this year? Wrong. The WR’s stats don’t suck because of Smith they are going to be lower because Reid’s offense has always had a RB or TE as the leading receiver. You might want to reconsider your yardage distributions and the logic behind your excuses for Brady and Bowe.

          • micah stephenson

            Who is the better QB? Tom Brady or Alex Smith? Final answer.

          • Jason Seibel

            Over his career? Tom Brady. This year? Maybe Brady by a hair. Second half of the season? Alex Smith hands down.

      • micah stephenson

        Well trade Smith for Brady then. I bet Bowe b a #1 wr like a mutha beep then! People would b like OMG, Donnie Avery, Mcluster, Jenkins. Who is this Fasano guy, he is good. I didn’t know kc had so many weapons. But with Alex………

    • aelder027

      Hey Micah just admit Alex is a Pro Bowl QB…… Your always hating on him and he is a top 10 qb get a grip and just realize facts are facts……. And admit you are wrong. You’re just digging yourself a deeper grave…. Yeah he was chosen because Brady declined big deal!!!! SOMEONE though he was worth a pro bowl nod or he wouldn’t be there!! Get a life!!!

      • micah stephenson

        Same situation happened two years ago with Matt Cassel does that make him great or a top ten guy? I have to admit he is a probowl QB cus he made it. Top ten QB? Not worth commenting on. Admit I’m wrong about what?

  • Robert Escobedo

    Smith is a class act. Would not surprise me if he takes less so that the team can go get better players. I wish the Niners gave KC kaep and kept Alex!!!

    • micah stephenson

      Me too

      • jeffromac23

        No way Kaep is a flash in the pan after a few years of him running and taking hits he will be gone. His decision making leaves a lot to be desired if you ask me I would rather have AS than Kaep.

        • Jim Harper

          For sure! He almost single handedly lost the playoff game with two picks and a lost fumble.

        • erocks49ers

          Kaep has great athletic ability but none of the mental attributes required to be a good NFL qb. He’s 1 read and run, has no touch on his passes and panics under pressure.

          When the play falls apart its 50-50. He will either do something great or do something disaterous. And its only a matter of time before some linebacker rings his bell.

      • Jason Seibel

        Why? Pimpernickel is a far inferior QB who lost the game and threw away the season trying to force it to Crabtree. Just like the SB last year.

        • JimHarbaughsguys

          But Kap has “potential”!

          For the other team that is.

          On that final play, every WR, but Crab was wide open. Patton, Davis, Boldin. And Kap throws it to the one guy who is covered by the best DB in the NFL and whom Crab never has done anything against?

          That is why the Niners lost. No other reason than the play of our QB.

  • erocks49ers

    I don’t think it changes Smiths value. His game play the second half of the season does. Granted I don’t think he will be fishing for another team so KC has leverage.

    I do think it was more of a snub to Jim Harbaugh. He’s a great coach but he tends to rub people the wrong way. Especially with the Smith benching last year.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Might increase his value a bit if there’s specific language in the contract that rewards him for doing so. I can’t imagine it’ll make a big difference though.

  • ArrowFan

    when was the last time we had a pro bowl QB in KC? Did Cassel get to the pro bowl one year or was it Green.

    • Jason Seibel

      Cassel went in 2010 as an alternate just like Smith this year.

      • Jordan

        Sounds like a bad omen…

  • JimHarbaughsguys

    I maintain that it will be $10-12 million a year.

  • Suzi Conger

    PS…. Derrick Johnson only got the nod Jason, because of a SF player decline…misleading to say that “9 other players headed to…..” ..remember DJ was not initially invited.. “minor ommission’ detail

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