By Scooby Axson
May 27, 2014

Alex Smith set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns in 2013. (Rob Carr/Getty Images) Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had 23 touchdowns and 3,313 passing yards in 2013. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and team brass are continuing to discuss a contract extension in hopes of reaching an agreement.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the NFL Network that the team is in "open communication" with Smith.

Smith is scheduled to make $7.5 million in base salary this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

"Well, there's open communication between both parties. Now, I'm not in that business anymore -- that's (general manager) John Dorsey's side of it -- but there's been open communication," Reid said.

"I've always believed that if there's open communication, then normally good things happen. So, I'm sure something will get done. I can't put a time frame on that, but I'm sure something will get done.

After losing his job with the San Francisco 49ers, Smith was traded to Kansas City in February 2013 for a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in this year's draft.

“I’ve played long enough, going into year 10 now, it’s all year-to-year in my mind anyway at this point,” Smith said last month. “You’ve got to continually prove yourself. I don’t think it changes anything as far as my mindset or approach to the game.”

Smith, 30, set career-highs in touchdown passes (23) and passing yards (3,313) in his first season in Kansas City, leading the team to a wild-card berth.

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