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Andy Reid Says Alex Smith Will Get New Contract


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid appeared on NFL AM this morning and all but guaranteed that QB Alex Smith, for whom the team traded two second-round draft choice for a year ago, will get a new, long-term contract.

“There’s open communication with both parties,” Reid said. “I’m not in that business anymore — that’s John Dorsey’s side of it — but there’s been open communication. I’ve always believed that when there’s open communication good things happen, so I’m sure something will get done. I can’t put a time frame on it, but I’m sure something will get done.”

This is good news for Alex Smith fans. Shortly before the NFL Draft, there were rumors that the team’s contract negotiations with Smith were not going well and that GM John Dorsey was seriously considering selecting a QB in the first round.

Then again, probably more than half of the “reports” we hear leading up to the draft are smokescreens. While it is true that Chiefs may have been having trouble reaching a deal with Smith it doesn’t necessarily mean that they feared the situation was hopeless.

While anything can happen in the NFL, the fact of the matter is that KC gave up a lot to acquire Smith and the veteran signal caller is likely here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Smith’s play improved over the course of last season, culminating in a terrific playoff performance. While the Chiefs lost that game, the blame can hardly be placed on Smith.

The Chiefs are in kind of a tough position with Smith. KC will be facing a much, much more difficult schedule this season. If they lock Smith up now and he proves he isn’t up to the task of beating teams like the Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers, the Chiefs may regret the deal. If, however, the Chiefs wait until after the season to sign Smith and Smith does prove up to the task of taking on the NFL’s elite teams, the Dorsey and company could see their QB’s contract demands rise even higher than they are now.

In the end, the Chiefs need to decide wether or not they think they can win a Super Bowl in the next five or six years with Alex Smith as their QB. If they truly believe they can, then should probably get a deal done now.

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  • berttheclock

    Hear, Hear. Thanks, Paddy.

  • mnelson52

    If not for the defense falling apart in the second half last year, Smith most likely would have gone 14-2 to win the division over the Broncos and possibly been in the SB instead of Denver. Alex also did that without any great receiver help.

    • micah stephenson

      Yea if the defense held each team below 17pts and scored a td them selfs in the last 7 game like they did in the 1st 9 games, Ass11 wud have “led” them to a pretty good record. But reality is all the teams do a whole lot better the 2nd half of the season than the 1st. Even our sorry offense looked ok later in the yr.

  • paul pace

    The Chiefs will get this deal done in the near future. I think they knew what they would have with Smith or they wouldn’t have traded for him and paid the high price they paid. I think to wait until the season is over would be a mistake. They need to tie up one of their biggest loose ends and lock down their starting QB before the season starts. (IMO)

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    You dont trade for a franchise player only to not resign him unless you are the royals and dont resign shields.

    • tm1946

      Funny stuff, the royals are always about next year or later. Loser on more level than can be imagined.
      For all the Chiefs problems never seemed to have been that hopeless.

    • PunjabiPete

      Yes. My thoughts exactly. You brought Alex Smith in to do a job; he did it. Pay the man and let’s move on now before he gets us even further next year and his agent shows up in a NEW Maserati he needs to make payments on.

      • micah stephenson

        Actually they prolly won’t even make the playoffs this yr.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    They must be fairly close to keep addressing this publicly. That or unnecessarily transparent.

  • micah stephenson

    This is no news. What did yall think he was gone say, no he ain’t get n a new contract? I just hope the contract is configured in a way so that when A.Murray surpasses Ass11, it won’t cost us much in dead money to move on from him.