Chiefs looking to extend contract of QB Alex Smith

1/8/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When the Kansas City Chiefs traded for quarterback Alex Smith, they did so with the intention of using him as their starting signal caller for the foreseeable future. The Chiefs shipped a 2013 second-round pick and 2014 conditional pick (which ended up being a second-round pick, because the Chiefs had better than a 7-9 record) to the San Francisco 49ers, which is a significant package to give up.

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates after throwing a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsSmith was all the Chiefs had hoped for during his first year in Kansas City, as he posted career highs in passing yards (3,313), yards per game (220.9), passing touchdowns (23), and even rushing yards (431). He set all these career-best marks while putting together an 89.1 passer rating and 11-4 record, leading the Chiefs to the playoffs. Smith also put together a great line in his lone playoff game with 378 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.

On the heels of Smith's wonderful debut campaign, the Chiefs are already looking to extend the contract of the 29-year-old. Jason Cole of the National Football Post reported Wednesday that the Chiefs will try to extend Smith this offseason. Smith signed a three-year contract with the 49ers before the 2012 season, so 2014 will be the final year of his current deal. The Chiefs won't go after Smith with the lofty offers that many of the recently extended quarterbacks have received, but a three- or four-year deal in the $13-15 million annual salary range is certainly reasonable.

Smith's likely extension is bad news for backup Chase Daniel, who received a nice haul for a backup last offseason - a three-year, $10 million deal. The contract showed head coach Andy Reid's faith in Daniel to potentially become a starter. It seemed within the realm of possibility that Daniel could compete for a starting job after Smith's contract expired, but that now appears quite unlikely with the Chiefs looking to extend Smith.

Regardless of what happens this offseason, Smith will return to Kansas City as the starter next year with some high expectations, as the talented young team will be looking to make it past the first round of the playoffs, which they failed to do (in epic fashion) this season.
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