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07:22 AM ET 01.09 | Quarterback Alex Smith may have found a home -- one that won't be crashed by Colin Kaepernick. The Kansas City Chiefs will try to extend the contract of [Smith] this offseason be-fore he begins the final year of his current deal, a source said Wednesday. Smith led the Chiefs as they went from 2-14 in 2012 to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance this season. He has one year left on a three-year deal he signed in 2012. The final year is worth $7.5 million, all of that in base salary, making Smith vastly underpaid compared to other quarter-backs of his experience and ability... In addition, Smith has helped the Chiefs and San Francisco to a 30-9-1 record in his regular-season starts over the past three years. Those teams have made the playoffs each season, although Smith was replaced by [Kaepernick] in San Francisco midway through last season.

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January 9, 2014  07:31 AM ET

Pay the man!

January 9, 2014  07:40 AM ET

Sure. But at what price? Andy Reid has a history of overpaying his QBs.

January 9, 2014  08:12 AM ET

He performed better this year than I expected. But he's no superstar, and I'd prefer to see one more solid year before locking him into a long-term contract. Unfortunately, starting QBs are hard to find, so they probably can't afford to wait.

January 9, 2014  08:27 AM ET

Pay the man, but don't overpay the man.

The Chiefs ran up a good record against a lot of bad teams. Yes, they made the playoffs, but they still have a long way to go before they can be called "elite." That will take players and the cap space to afford them.

January 9, 2014  08:28 AM ET

Nice to see Alex Smith in a city where he's appreciated.

January 9, 2014  08:29 AM ET

Considering he was playing really well when he got benched by the '9ers, you have a period of time where Smith has played at a high level. Who would rather be: the Chiefs deciding on extending Smith or the Bengals deciding on extending Dalton?

January 9, 2014  08:29 AM ET

Funny enough... Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick's stat sheets were almost identical in 2012 and 2013. You get nearly identical production out of both guys.

When Alex Smith puts up the numbers, 49er fans hate him. When Kaepernick gives the exact same production, 49er fans love him.

January 9, 2014  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Funny enough... Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick's stat sheets were almost identical in 2012 and 2013. You get nearly identical production out of both guys.When Alex Smith puts up the numbers, 49er fans hate him. When Kaepernick gives the exact same production, 49er fans love him.

Could be true, but I think that Smith gave that production only after several years of being mediocre if not bad. I think it's the mindset, "you've stunk for so long, you should be a heck of a lot better than that."

January 9, 2014  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

When Alex Smith puts up the numbers, 49er fans hate him. When Kaepernick gives the exact same production, 49er fans love him.

I think they would have loved Smith too, if he hadn't gotten hurt. The Niners would have gotten to the playoffs with him, and Kap would have been on the bench.

More Harbaugh than Smith, I think.

January 9, 2014  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Considering he was playing really well when he got benched by the '9ers, you have a period of time where Smith has played at a high level. Who would rather be: the Chiefs deciding on extending Smith or the Bengals deciding on extending Dalton?

Or Dallas - who just paid out the KAZOO for Romo......As a cowboys fan, with the talent we have on the field...

January 9, 2014  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Could be true, but I think that Smith gave that production only after several years of being mediocre if not bad. I think it's the mindset, "you've stunk for so long, you should be a heck of a lot better than that."

Look at the coaches that Smith had to endure though- he never really had much in the way of an offensive mind there to put a game plan in place around what he does best. I know he isn't a Manning, Luck, etc.... but with a solid D, and all the playmakers he has around him, I can see him taking them to a SB. If they hadn't lost three players to concussion in the game, I don't think they lose. Losing Charles in particular was a massive loss to their offense.

January 9, 2014  09:17 AM ET
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Or Dallas - who just paid out the KAZOO for Romo......As a cowboys fan, with the talent we have on the field...

another stupid contract by the idiot gm/owner. There is a serious lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball.

January 9, 2014  09:26 AM ET

Alex Smith is the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL QBs. He should get an endorsement deal with Avis.

January 9, 2014  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

another stupid contract by the idiot gm/owner. There is a serious lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball.

agree wholeheartedly with that statement, I was talking about the offense- should have been more clear.

January 9, 2014  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Look at the coaches that Smith had to endure though- he never really had much in the way of an offensive mind there to put a game plan in place around what he does best.

Agreed.

January 9, 2014  10:34 AM ET

He earned a new contract...

January 9, 2014  10:45 AM ET

Alex Smith was a victim of a bad teM when he first joined the niners! !!!!

January 9, 2014  10:52 AM ET

This will be his 11th year in the league. Give him $18M for 2 years, most of which is incentive laden.

January 9, 2014  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Alex Smith is the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL QBs. He should get an endorsement deal with Avis.

Agreed

 
January 9, 2014  11:35 AM ET

Since Smith and Rodgers were both drafted in 2005 and Rodgers plans on playing for Green Bay at least another 9 years ( those are his words ) then it should be interesting to hear from Smith how much gas he feels he has left in his tank. Smith will be entering his 10th season, Rivers his 11th season, and Manning his 17th season.

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