Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a year left on his current deal with the team. The question is, should the Chiefs let his contract expire and start looking for someone else, or keep him on board?
I’m going to say up front that Kansas City would be crazy to let him go. Insane. Certainly.
Free agency looms on the horizon (just a couple of months until March), and the future of Chiefs team members, like defensive end Tyson Jackson, offensive tackle Branden Albert and wide receiver Dexter McCluster will be in flux. More free agent players will also be coming on board with the Chiefs. Perhaps a fast wide receiver? More help with secondary?
The 2014 NFL Draft follows in May, and the Chiefs will have the 23rd pick, so it might behoove them to garner more help from the open market.
One of the questions that has come up is in regard to Smith and his contract.
When the Chiefs first brought Smith on board, it was brought into question about whether or not his contract would be extended past 2014. It wasn’t at that time, but now the question will need to be readdressed.
Assumptions are that Kansas City will want to keep Smith, but that’s not a guarantee.
Smith, this past year, playing with a new team and a new head coach, Andy Reid, started out looking unpredictable, almost clumsy at times. There were moments, particularly during the Chiefs first game with AFC South champions the Indianapolis Colts, right before the regular season ended, when Smith didn’t look good at all. But, overall, over the course of the season, particularly the last half of the season, and most particularly in the wild-card playoff game against Indy, Smith looked absolutely dangerous.
The final game against Indianapolis, which the Chiefs ended up losing 45-44, after at one point holding a cozy 28-point lead, ended in disaster, but it was Smith’s best career game hands down. 378 yards passing, four touchdowns and no interceptions, with 57 yards running. And without the help of star Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. And he made it look easy.
He has truly come into his own, and is looking better, in fact, than quite a few quarterbacks around the league.
If Kansas City has any aspirations to improve on the current season’s performance, they should most definitely plan on keeping Smith around for a while.