As we all know, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is approaching the final year on his contract that was left over from the 49ers. Now I think I can say without much contest that he has earned himself some cash, especially after that performance in Indy (although some people even find a way to blame him for the loss. puzzling.). But obviously there are multiple ways to approach a new deal with Smith.
A rumor that has floated around is a deal that included five years and 90 million dollars. Now, while I absolutely think he's deserved this kind of money, I think it is necessary to look at other options.
Danny Parkins of 610 sports radio proposed an idea that, in my opinion, is the best option.
Many think that we should just give Alex Smith the contract now. But why? He still has a whole year left, which means we can have a another year of evaluation. So the best way to handle this is to keep Smith in his current contract, and let him have his 7.5 mil this coming year. Then, when the next season after that approaches, and the Chiefs still see Smith as our quarterback, we can give him the franchise tag, in which he would be getting 14 mil. If we use it the next year, it gets bumped up to 16.8. All of this means Smith would get 38.3 over three years, a situation that I think is much better than a 5 year 90 million dollar scenario.
We see a lot of teams these days hand out monster contracts to quarterbacks. We saw it happen recently with the Bears and Jay Cutler. But for the Chiefs, why not explore? This plan will allow us to keep our guy, and also explore the quarterbacks in the drafts to come, or even try to develop Tyler Bray.
Thanks to Danny Parkins for the idea
- Reed Koutelas