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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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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

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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

Updating an earlier item, the Kansas City Star reports extension talks between the Chiefs and Alex Smith have been "almost nonexistent."

Terez A. Paylor's report comes on the same day ESPN's Ed Werder reported there are "substantial differences" and a "sense of pessimism" between the sides. Smith has proven to be a quarterback teams can win with, but has always lacked franchise-caliber tools. Now on the wrong side of 30, Smith is angling for one last big payday, but is almost certainly vastly overvaluing his wares.
May 27 - 4:57 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reported on NFL Insiders that there are "substantial differences" between what the Chiefs are willing to pay Alex Smith on a long-term contract, and what Smith expects.

Per Werder, there is now a "sense of pessimism" about a deal. If Smith wants Joe Flacco money, the Chiefs would be savvy to let him play out his contract year without an enormous financial commitment. Smith played better than expected in his first season with Andy Reid, but isn't a legitimate franchise quarterback.
May 27 - 3:56 PM

Only 26 percent of Alex Smith's 2013 pass attempts traveled beyond the first-down marker, the lowest percentage in football last season.

Smith set career highs in TD passes (23) and yards (3,313), and made his first Pro Bowl in his first season with Andy Reid, but for the most part remained Captain Checkdown. The Chiefs were the only team in football whose running back (Jamaal Charles) led them in targets, catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Smith did flash more aggressiveness in the intermediate to deep sections over the course of last season, but it's hard to imagine him taking a truly big step forward at age 30. He's a mid-range QB2 in fantasy leagues.
May 27 - 10:49 AM

In a radio interview, Chiefs GM John Dorsey expressed confidence the team and Alex Smith will get a deal done.

With Smith entering the final year of his deal, it was expected Kansas City would move quickly to extend the player they gave up two second-round picks for last offseason, but talks have progressed slowly. "We're at that point now where we're going back and forth," Dorsey said. "Eventually, as (with) all negotiations, there will be a medium point where both sides agree." The most likely outcome is still that Smith signs an extension and is the Chiefs' quarterback for the foreseeable future.
May 24 - 1:16 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
4Richard Gordon
K1Cairo Santos