Smith Confirms Contract Talks, But No Deal Yet

From the Truman Sports Complex

Alex Smith said Monday there was no agreement on a new contract with the Chiefs. But the quarterback said conversation between the team and his agent, former Chiefs guard Tom Condon were on going.

“(Condon) handles all of that,” Smith said on the first day of the team’s off-season program. “That is why you hire that guy, to take care of that so you can focus on football.”

Smith has one season left on the contract he brought with him from San Francisco last year when he was traded to the Chiefs. He’s set to make $7.5 million and will count $8 million against the salary cap for the 2014 season. Team chairman Clark Hunt has said publicly several times in the off-season that a new deal for his quarterback was a priority.

“I had no date as far as an expectation,” Smith said. “I didn’t have any expectations and don’t know when it will get done.”

The sooner an extension gets done, the sooner Smith will bank a major payment, either in a signing bonus or guaranteed base salary. He says it’s not something he’s worried about.

“I’ve played long enough, going into year 10 now,” said Smith. “It’s all year-to-year in my mind at this point. You have to continually prove yourself, so I don’t think it changes anything as far as my mindset and approach to the game at all.”

9 Responses to “Smith Confirms Contract Talks, But No Deal Yet”

  • April 22, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Iam just not convinced he can lead us to a Super Bowl victory. But we are a million miles from that plateau anyway.

  • April 22, 2014  - R W says:

    We might well know the answer to Alex Smith’s status after the upcoming draft. If the Chiefs surprise the world and go QB with their 1st round pick? This changes everything.

    On some level of thinking it might make sense to sit the young QB for a year, let Alex play out his contract, then go with the new guy. Of course that would also mean odd man out with the QBs currently on the roster, meaning either Daniel or Bray would get deep sixed.

    All that said, the move making the most sense would be to re-up Alex for another 3 years beyond his current deal and get on down the road. Just too many holes in the current roster to have the luxury of taking a QB anywhere in this draft, but I’ve been surprised before.

  • April 22, 2014  - TimR says:

    It will be very interesting if the draft plays out as some have suggested…with no QB taken in the top 10. While I doubt this will happen, if it does, that means a lot of people will trying to trade back into the 1st round. That could make for some very interesting decisions for KC. As for Smith, they need to do a 3-4 year deal. That puts him at mid 30s in age and would be an ideal timeframe to groom somebody.

  • April 22, 2014  - el cid says:

    He is head and shoulders over many former QBs. An a new contract seems the logical next step. Only fly in the ointment would be no QB of the future in this draft. Good or bad, seems the future is coming into clarity.

  • April 22, 2014  - Tenand6 says:

    I’m a big Alex Smith fan. He earned my respect his past two years.

  • April 22, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    Agree with tenand6.
    Alex is a great fit for Andy’s offense. He is a first class guy and a great leader. We haven’t had a decent QB since Trent Green. Sign him for a long term deal that makes sense for him and our Chiefs.

  • April 22, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I’ll add. Our only Super Bowl QB was drafted by someone else. No Chiefs drafted QB has ever led us to the Playoffs.

  • April 23, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Just for the record the last time the Chiefs actually “won” a playoff game was 1993. Thats only 21 years ago.

  • April 23, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    We invested a fair amount in Alex and it paid dividends. He earned the contract they’re working on and I agree with Ten, Cid and Cy. Let’s get it done and move forward.

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