Former Ute quarterback Alex Smith is heading into the final year of his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on Tuesday he believes Smith will stick around Kansas City.
"Well, there's open communication between both parties. Now, I'm not in that business anymore — that's (general manager) John Dorsey's side of it — but there's been open communication," Reid said on the show. "I've always believed that if there's open communication, then normally good things happen. So, I'm sure something will get done. I can't put a time frame on that, but I'm sure something will get done."
However, Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor tweeted Tuesday afternoon that negotiations between the Chiefs and Smith have been “almost nonexistent.”
Im told that extension talks between the #Chiefs & Alex Smith have been "almost nonexistent in recent months, per a league source.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 27, 2014
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport added a deal is unlikely to be made anytime soon.
“If a Chiefs-Alex Smith deal gets done, it’ll likely be before camp — not now,” Rapoport tweeted out Wednesday morning. “Team willing to (place the franchise tag on him) if talks stay stagnant.”
Key problem for #Chiefs/Smith: There is no 2nd-tier QB market. Its franchise QB or not. Why hes pushing to be paid like a top-tier QB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2014
Correct. $18M. RT @JasonPhilCole Back in January, I know Alex Smith wanted a deal above Jay Cutler (7 yr, $126M). Can't imagine it changed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2014
He added that sides were “still far apart with no progress” and that Kansas City considered drafting a quarterback in the early rounds of the NFL draft, which was held earlier this month.
The Chiefs did draft former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the fifth round of the draft. In addition, Kansas City has quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray on its roster.
Smith put together his best season in his NFL career in his first year in Kansas City last season. The Utah alum threw for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns — both career highs — while leading the Chiefs to the postseason.
The Chiefs began their next phase of voluntary workouts this week, which involves the team’s veterans returning to the practice field.
Reid added the Chiefs, which lost in the first round of the NFL playoffs last year, will look to build off the success of last season.
“Last year wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We all know that. We’ve got to get better.”