City Chiefs' Alex Smith (11) throws a pass under
pressure from Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59)
during the first half of an NFL preseason football
game in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 17th.
CITY, Mo. - When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs
last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his
admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at
playing for the storied franchise.
could have that opportunity for at least four more years.
signed a $68 million extension Sunday to remain with the
Chiefs through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the
deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose
the terms of the contract.
who is due $7.5 million this season, will receive $45
million in new guarantees.
was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex
in a Chiefs uniform long term," Chiefs general
manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "Alex is a
proven leader on and off the field. He is a special
individual with a lot of ability and we are fortunate to
have him here."
his agent, Tom Condon, had been discussing an extension
for several months, and both sides were hopeful that a
deal would be reached by the regular season. But with the
Chiefs opening against Tennessee next weekend, time was
quickly running out.
and his staff along with Tom and his group have worked
hard to get this deal done. They've done a nice job,"
Reid said in a statement. "Alex is a smart, talented
football player that has adapted well to our offensive
scheme. He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of
success as a quarterback in this league. We as a team are
very happy to have Alex as our quarterback."
Kansas City Star first reported that Smith had reached an
former No. 1 overall draft pick joins a wave of
quarterbacks who have recently signed long-term
extensions, including the Bengals' Andy Dalton and the
49ers' Colin Kaepernick.
not played well in the preseason, throwing two
interceptions in the red zone in his final outing against
Minnesota. But he's been hampered by an offensive line in
turmoil, an injury to running back Jamaal Charles that
kept him out two weeks of training camp, and a suspect
group of wide receivers that will start the season without
suspended star Dwayne Bowe.
feel good. I mean, I feel great," Smith said last
week. "We got some good work, some things to learn
from to get better, but I do — I do feel confident in
what we're doing."
deal is important for the Chiefs on other fronts, too.
he's under contract, they can turn their attention toward
a long-term deal with Pro Bowl pass rusher Justin Houston.
And if they fail to reach an agreement with him, the
Chiefs could put the franchise tag on Houston without
worrying about losing Smith to free agency.
arriving in Kansas City for a pair of second-round draft
picks, Smith had possibly the best season of his career.
He threw for a career-high 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns
against only seven interceptions, even while skipping a
meaningless regular-season finale.
importantly, he took a downtrodden team that had won two
games before his arrival to an 11-5 record and the
playoffs. Smith threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns in
a 45-44 loss to the Colts, setting playoff franchise
record with 30 completions and 46 attempts.
won-loss record the past three seasons is 30-9-1, trailing
only the Patriots' Tom Brady, Packers' Aaron Rodgers and
Saints' Drew Brees in wins among QBs with at least 30
a year in Reid's system, Smith thinks he can be even
better this season.
always a progression. It's not like we've arrived
anywhere," he said recently. "I mean, last year
is a great example of where we started the season and
where we ended it. Every season is like that.
are ups and downs along the way throughout the season, but
you've got to continue to progress. You want to be playing
your best football as the season goes on and into late in
the year. So, you're never just at a place. You're always
striving to be moving forward."
Now, Smith knows that he'll be moving forward with