Chiefs Lock Up QB Alex Smith With Extension
For a while there we couldn’t be sure if the Kansas City Chiefs even wanted Alex Smith to be their long-term option under center. Now it looks like they do.
Per reports, the Chiefs have officially committed to Smith as their franchise passer (for now) by agreeing to a four-year, $68 million contract extension. In what is arguably a fair deal for both sides, Smith will make about $1 million more per year than Andy Dalton, but gets a contract that comes in below the likes of Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco.
It’s a good signing for the Chiefs, who got a career year out of the supposed game-manager in 2013. Smith was asked to do more in his first season than he had ever done with the San Francisco 49ers – the team that drafted him out of Utah with the #1 overall pick back in 2005.
Smith seemed to take a step forward in his overall development last year, as he was seemingly properly utilized in all regards for the first time ever en route to career highs in passing yardage (3,313 yards) and touchdowns (23). Smith also rushed for a career high 431 yards and threw just seven interceptions while helping KC finish with a solid 11-5 record and reach the playoffs.
The Chiefs ultimately lost in the first round on the road against the Indianapolis Colts, but it wasn’t due to Smith, who fired in four touchdowns in the losing effort.
Locking Smith down now helps KC move forward knowing they have some stability at the position – something they really couldn’t say since the days of Trent Green. While Smith doesn’t have a cannon arm and probably met his ceiling statistically in 2013, he absolutely has shown the ability to lead a team, run an offense and win games.
Smith has also developed into an accurate passer who routinely makes sound decisions and avoids turnovers. Impressively, Smith has played a hand in guiding his team to the playoffs in three straight seasons, while tossing just a combined 17 interceptions over that span.
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