Sure, the Kansas City Chiefs‘ 2013 season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but the team’s playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts was hardly due to quarterback play. Alex Smith was a saving grace for Kansas City as the signal-caller finished his first year as a Chief with career highs in passing yards and touchdowns. The verdict was still out on Smith this offseason, but now the quarterback has really proven himself and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has a rather easy decision to make.
Smith’s contract is up after the 2014 season and NFL organizations rarely want to see their quarterback playing in a “lame duck” season — unless of course that quarterback is Joe Flacco. Anyway, the Chiefs should have some cap space this offseason as Tyson Jackson and Dexter McCluster are two free agents that aren’t needed back in Kansas City. An extension for Smith is reportedly in the works, butt the contract details have not yet been discussed.
The Chiefs were a 2-14 team before the Andy Reid-Smith combination hit the Midwest, so Dorsey knows just how hard it is to win football games without a play-making quarterback, and Smith is just that. Also, Kansas City has to build its team to beat the division rival Denver Broncos, who will have a potent offense for as long as Peyton Manning is still taking snaps. Needless to say, I fully expect a contract extension for Smith before the year 2014 regular season kicks off as this quarterback is likely to retire a member of the Chiefs.