Kansas City Chiefs Extend QB Alex Smith, Solidify Future as Contenders
The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Alex Smith have agreed to terms on a four-year $68-million contract with $45-million in guaranteed money. Smith and the Chiefs had been discussing a contract extension for the past couple of months and have finally agreed on a deal that works for both sides.
Smith, entering his second season with the Chiefs, put together the best year of his professional career in 2013. He recorded career highs in touchdown passes (23) and passing yards (3,313), while only throwing seven interceptions. On top of these solid quarterbacking statistics, Smith led the Chiefs back to the postseason with help from running back Jamaal Charles and a top-tier defensive unit.
This deal solidifies the Chiefs’ status as playoff contenders for the foreseeable future. Smith, while not considered by most to be an elite quarterback, is capable of managing a game effectively. He also proved last year against the Indianapolis Colts that he has the ability to rise to the occasion if necessary. Without the benefit of Charles, who left the game early with an injury, Smith threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns,without an interception, against the Colts this past January.
While the Chiefs did end up losing to Andrew Luck and a strong Colts team, Smith was remarkably impressive and proved his worth to the team. With around half the league still searching for a quarterback to lead their team like Smith did last season, the Chiefs have guaranteed themselves another four years of being contenders.
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