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Alex Smith | Quarterback

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Utah
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Alex Smith completed 19-of-25 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.
He added 17 yards on two scrambles. Smith was sacked five times, including for a second-half safety, and also lost a fumble. But he resiliently bounced back every time, beating the Dolphins' blitzes with quick hitters and delivering red-zone strikes to Travis Kelce (20 yards), Joe McKnight (11 yards), and Joe McKnight (4 yards) for his hat trick of touchdowns. This was a promising effort from Kansas City after two terribly disappointing ones to open the season. Smith will be a high-end QB2 in Week 4 against the Patriots. Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

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Alex Smith completed 26-of-42 passes for 255 yards in the Chiefs' Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

As usual, Smith also did some damage with his legs, rushing for 42 yards. The Chiefs seemed to be doomed after they lost Jamaal Charles to an ankle sprain in the first quarter, but Knile Davis was dropped right into the every-down back role. Smith was awesome on third downs, completing three passes to Travis Kelce for conversions. He also delivered a perfect 21-yard strike to Dwayne Bowe in the fourth quarter. Smith couldn't quite lead the comeback, but the Chiefs put their pitiful Week 1 behind them and looked like their 2013 selves. Smith and the Chiefs travel to Miami in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 8:18 PM

Alex Smith completed 19-of-35 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Chiefs' Week 1 loss to the Titans.

The first big play of the game for Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe-less offense was a 16-yard scramble up the middle by Smith; he would finish with 36 yards on six scrambles. Smith was later picked off twice on deep balls, both of which were intended for Donnie Avery. Keep in mind Smith was intercepted just seven times all last season, but wound up with three today. With a suspect running game and poor defensive play, Smith has a history of becoming much less effective. He does get Dwayne Bowe back for Week 2 against the Broncos, and will be a higher-end QB2 option because of that game's shootout potential.
Sep 7 - 5:51 PM

Chiefs agreed to terms with QB Alex Smith on a four-year, $68 million extension through 2018.

Because Smith was owed $8 million in 2014, the deal is actually $76 million over five seasons -- a $15.2 million annual average -- with $45 million guaranteed. If you treat Andy Dalton's Bengals deal similarly, Smith is collecting roughly $1.3 million more per year, but is still well south of Jay Cutler ($18.1 million annually) and Joe Flacco ($20.1 million) money. Even with Smith's passing limitations considered, this seems like a fair deal for both sides. The Chiefs will continue to lean heavily on running back Jamaal Charles and a talented defensive front seven to carry them in games. Smith seemed to grow as a quarterback over the course of his first season under Andy Reid, posting career highs in passing touchdowns (23) and rushing (76-431-1). He became more willing to pull the trigger on tough throws as the year progressed. Smith, 30, is a low-ceiling QB2 in fantasy leagues and will probably remain that way for the rest of his career.
Aug 31 - 6:35 PM

The Chiefs remain in long-term talks with with-year QB Alex Smith.

Smith has hinted he's willing to continue talks beyond Week 1. At this point, the Chiefs are probably best off letting their 30-year-old quarterback play out his contract. At worst, they can use the franchise tag if Smith has another strong campaign.
Aug 26 - 6:51 PM

Alex Smith completed 14-of-24 passes for 140 yards and two interceptions in the Chiefs' third preseason game Saturday night against the Vikings.

He added three carries for 21 yards. Playing with Donnie Avery, Frankie Hammond, and UDFA Albert Wilson at wideout, Smith was picked in the first quarter on a throw intended for Hammond, and later on a pass meant for Travis Kelce. Both interceptions came on red-zone plays. Smith is 31-of-51 passing for 286 yards, and three turnovers this preseason. He lost a fumble in Kansas City's exhibition opener, and has not accounted for any touchdowns.
Aug 23 - 10:10 PM

Alex Smith indicated he would not take a "pay-as-you-go" contract like the one Andy Dalton signed with the Bengals.

Dalton's contract includes no guaranteed money behind the first year. "I want to get something that's right that I'm going to play out, absolutely, and that's definitely a focus of mine," said Smith. Agent Tom Condon spoke with GM John Dorsey about a Smith deal "a couple days ago," but it's unclear if the gap is being bridged. Since the early spring, it's been rumored that Smith is targeting Jay Cutler or Joe Flacco money -- upwards of $20 million a year.
Source: USA Today
Aug 10 - 2:59 PM

Walk-year QB Alex Smith said he will table his contract discussions with the Chiefs if they become a distraction.

"You’re getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction," Smith said. "You’re finally gonna cross a line where it’s like, it’s just football from here on out." Smith has already said he wants to stay in Kansas City, but "significant differences" still exist between the two sides. It appears unlikely a deal will be struck before the season.
Jul 30 - 4:54 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Andy Reid confirmed the Chiefs remain in long-term talks with walk-year QB Alex Smith.

Smith said earlier this month that he remained hopeful of striking a deal. Despite the ongoing dialogue, there's been little indication the sides are close to an agreement. A bridge quarterback now on the wrong side of 30, Smith is a complicated long-term case.
Jul 28 - 4:29 PM

Walk-year QB Alex Smith remains hopeful of signing a long-term agreement with the Chiefs.

Speaking Thursday, Smith said the sides have had ongoing talks. "I’d love to have it done," Smith said. "But when you’re talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy." The Chiefs are in a tough spot, as Smith, 30, has everything you'd want in a bridge quarterback, but hasn't proven to be someone you build an offense around. A 2-3 year deal could end up being the compromise.
Jul 17 - 8:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher believes it will be "difficult" for the Chiefs to maintain the same level of passing success they enjoyed down the stretch last season.

Alex Smith was quietly solid in the second half of 2013, averaging 217 passing yards and two touchdowns over his final seven games. Smith is not the problem in Teicher's eyes, however. The Chiefs did nothing to address one of the league's weakest receiver corps, instead hoping for a bounce-back season from Dwayne Bowe and the emergence of players like second-year TE Travis Kelce. Smith remains an interesting QB2 because of his scrambling ability, but he may have hit his ceiling last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 3 - 10:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher doesn't expect the Chiefs to offer Alex Smith more than $15 million annually.

Smith is seeking a contract similar to Jay Cutler ($18.1M per year), so it's a large gap to cover. The Chiefs have expressed interest in getting a deal done before training camp, but are willing to franchise Smith if a long-term contract can't be worked out. Smith is scheduled to make $7.5 million in the final year of his current deal. He set career highs and made the Pro Bowl in his first season with Andy Reid, but is likely going to have to settle for second-tier quarterback money.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 3:39 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is confident the team will work out a long-term deal with Alex Smith.

"I don't think he's concerned and we're not," Reid said. "I'm sure it will get worked out down the road." There's going to be more back and forth in the media, but it would behoove both sides to figure something out before training camp.
May 29 - 3:16 PM

Sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport the Chiefs are willing to franchise tag Alex Smith in 2015 if no long-term contract is reached.

As there is no "second-tier" quarterback precedent, contract-year QBs Smith and Andy Dalton have reached crossroads with their respective teams, who aren't willing to pay them "first-tier" money. It's no secret by now that Smith wants Jay Cutler money, or perhaps even more. (That's $18.1 million per year.) We still wouldn't be surprised if the sides reach a compromise before camp.
Source: NFL.com
May 28 - 10:31 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports contract-year QB Alex Smith is asking the Chiefs for "top-tier" quarterback money in an extension.

Hence the reason contract talks are "going nowhere," according to multiple reports. The Bears recently gave Jay Cutler an annual average of $18.1 million, and Smith is both younger and coming off of a better 2013 season than Cutler, all things considered. The National Football Post's Jason Cole tweeted Wednesday that Smith "wanted a deal above Jay Cutler" in January, and Cole "can't imagine that has changed." The Chiefs would be smart to let Smith play one more season under Andy Reid before breaking the bank to keep him. If Smith takes another big step forward, the franchise tag could come into play.
May 28 - 1:01 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
5Joe McKnight
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Jordan Campbell
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Frankie Hammond
3Albert Wilson
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3A.J. Jenkins
WR31Junior Hemingway
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos