had a career-year in 2013, throwing for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Last season, quarterback Alex Smith helped the Chiefs rebound from a disappointing 2012 campaign (2-14) that landed them the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. His reward for leading Kansas City to an 11-5 record and the playoffs is a possible contract extension.
Smith is set to earn $7.5 million in 2014 before his contract expires and he becomes a free agent next offseason, but the quarterback states his agent is in the beginning stages of negotiations for a contract extension.
While the talks take place, Smith is going to keep his focus on football and preparing for the upcoming season.
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“My agent handles all of that, and that’s why you hire that guy to take care of that, so you can focus on football,” said Smith, via the Kansas City Star. “It’s really not my place. I have a contract for this year.”
Smith would like to have the comfort of a long-term extension, but the seasoned veteran is just taking things one year at a time and is keeping his focus on how he can help the Chiefs on the field.
“I’ve played long enough, going into year 10 now, it’s all year-to-year in my mind anyway at this point,” said Smith. “You’ve got to continually prove yourself. I don’t think it changes anything as far as my mindset or approach to the game.”
The Chiefs could add a quarterback in the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL draft as insurance, but if they are confident in Smith and believe they can get a deal, then they may wait to see how Tyler Bray develops this offseason before deciding what to do at back up.
Kansas City traded for Smith in 2013 by sending a second-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers
. That move has already paid off.