Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith wants to get a new contract done and be paid around $18 million, and he will look to prove that he is a long-term solution.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith surprised in his first season with his new team by leading them to an 11-5 record, which was a dramatic turnaround from their league-worst 2-14 record in 2012.
Smith was traded by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 offseason because Colin Kaepernick had unseated him as the starter while he sat out with a concussion.
The former first overall pick expressed his desire to remain with the Chiefs long-term. “I’d love to have it done. I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players,” Smith said to the Kansas City Star.
The Chiefs’ signal caller has one year remaining on his contract. He threw for 23 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions in 15 games for an 89.1 passer rating.
Smith reportedly wants to be paid $18 million per year. He will need to prove that he can consistently lead a winning team after questions of the Chiefs’ legitimacy as a contender arose because of their light schedule.
Smith showed poise in the Chiefs’ playoff game though, throwing for 378 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Chiefs blew a 28-point lead though. The ex-49er will look to establish himself as the Chiefs’ franchise quarterback.