Jul 26, 2014; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) signs autographs after practice during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Rapoport: Alex Smith Believes He's A True Franchise Quarterback

Andy Dalton signed a six-year, $115 million extension with the Cincinnati Bengals this afternoon, which prompted speculation an Alex Smith deal could be on the horizon. If Ian Rapoport is right, however, it would be wise to not hold your breath on something getting done soon.

It is not a stunning revelation that Smith thinks he is a franchise quarterback. We discussed earlier today on Twitter that Smith’s numbers over the last three seasons are much better than some would have you think. And when you consider what Smith did at the end of last season once the offense started getting used to Andy Reid’s system, it is not hard to imagine why Smith thinks he should be paid premium dollars to stay in Kansas City.

Here are a few Smith numbers to consider when it comes to contract negotiations.  






Does this mean Smith should be paid like Aaron Rodgers? No, but Smith has a far better argument for signing a $115 million contract than Andy Dalton does at this stage of his career. But it does seem at this stage the Chiefs and Smith are still a ways away from getting a deal done.



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