Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith got a $70 million contract a couple years back…
Not a bad deal, with $30 million of that guaranteed and he becomes a free agent in 2019.
That said, the Chiefs picked quarterback Patrick Mahomes as their No. 1 this year.
So Mahomes will be hopefully be the Chiefs starter at some point, likely next season. Meaning that Smith will have to play better than ever to keep his job as a starter in 2018, unless Mahomes is looking bad when he does play.
So it’s likely this could be Smith’s final season in Kansas City as a starter.
Would he accept a back-up roll and teachers spot next year to get his final payday?
Apparently Smith was a bit unhappy with his brief talks with Mahomes.
“It’s his job to seek me out for help not really mine,” Smith said.
And while Smith never said he wouldn’t help his Mahomes, reality has sunk in for Alex that this is likely it.
The question being, will Smith try and become a starter somewhere else as soon as next year? Will the Chiefs cut him next year if this season is like the past few, one playoff game and done?
Would Smith go somewhere else as a back up?
Lots of questions no answers. Not yet.
However Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he’s committed to Smith for this season.
Meaning, just this one.
Smith made that clear, it’s just for one year. This one.
Sure, if Smith takes KC to the AFC title game and plays well even in a loss, perhaps he’ll get another year here. He’s a guy is in his mid 30’s now and a bit off his game, which was only just good – not great.
In a way, Smith’s been another Trent Green – playoffs – but no prize at season’s end.
Mahomes has the goods.
Last year at Texas Tech he threw for over 5000 yards, 41 touchdowns with a completion pct of 65.7 and 10 INT’s.
That’s impressive to say the least.
Mahomes looks great on tape.
However he comes from the no huddle style of offense and usually those quarterbacks struggle in the NFL. Plus he’s the first No. 1 quarterback pick for the Chiefs in more than three decades.
So it seems the Chiefs are set on giving him his shot at being the starter and franchise quarterback.
Another problem will be paying both Alex and Mahomes next year.
Look, Alex did a good job for the Chiefs. He was never a problem off the field. He’s a family guy – a clean cut face for the team and the city.
The problem is simple; fans are sick and tired of being a playoff team that doesn’t go far.
Just one win since Joe Montana in the post season is pretty sad since the 1993 season.
And no Super Bowls since the ’69 season, so it’s been a long, long wait.
The talk was, if we build a great team around Alex Smith he can get us to the big dance.
That never happened.
Most fans now think it never will with Alex and they want a change.
Look even if Mahomes is the real deal it likely will take a season or two of losing to find out.
Now with Royals in a backwards slide, fans are already thinking, “Oh boy, a return to nowhere for both clubs.”
I think the Chiefs have a better shot of staying a post season team than the Royals in the next few years. Who knows, right?
Unless Alex has the season of his career – a really big one – he will leave KC as a bit of a not what we hoped for career.
We all agree Alex Smith is a great person. He put all he had out there. He had his moments of greatness, but just not enough of them.
Smith lacked the “it” factor that the great ones have.
Will Mahomes bring Kansas City greatness with the Chiefs?
It’s always a long shot, but he looks the part..for now.