Alex Smith expects to play elsewhere next season

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Alex Smith leads the league with a 148.6 passer rating. He won AFC offensive player of the week honors for Week 1. Yet, Smith expects to play elsewhere next season.

That’s what the Chiefs quarterback said during a recent interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger.

For sure,” Smith said when asked if he felt like 2017 would be his last in Kansas City. “It absolutely does. Without a doubt.”

The Chiefs traded up to 10th overall to select Patrick Mahomes to groom behind the 33-year-old Smith.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Smith said. “It’s like, man, [we] could’ve added this or this or this position or this player.”

Smith’s contract runs through the 2018 season. The Chiefs gave up a first-round 2018 choice and a 2017 third-rounder to Buffalo for Mahomes, who completed 34 of 54 passes for 390 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason.

Smith understands the NFL is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” business, and he wants to make it a hard decision for the Chiefs in the offseason.

“Structurally, the contract, the guarantees are less, and that’s just the reality,” said Smith, who has a 2-4 playoff record. “You have to prove yourself year in and year out and if you can’t get the job done, every team is going to go and try and find somebody else that can. That’s the reality of the deal. I don’t care who you are.”

61 responses to “Alex Smith expects to play elsewhere next season

  1. the Chiefs will be able to trade him for at least a high 2nd round pick after the year he is going to have this season.
    Heck, after taking the Chiefs to the Super Bowl this year, the Chiefs should be able to finagle a 1st round pick in a trade.

    Anyway, I think it is absolutely AWESOME that the 49ers chose the unpatriotic cancer QB, over this class act winner.
    Alex smith is finally showing what he can do when he has a stable system and stable set of coaches. How many Offenses and Coordinators did he have to suffer thru in San fran?

    Chiefs Nation is behind Alex this yearm and wish him well in the future when we recoup draft picks for him.
    Next year, the Chiefs repeat, with a future HOFer at QB, in Thee Patrick Mahomes

  2. This only makes me like Smith even more. For years he has been getting a bad rap for doing exactly what his coaches wanted him to do yet the trolls are out in full calling him by a girl’s name or worse on every article about him, Proving once again how little they really understand the game.

  3. He is a nice player, but can he take you to the next level? Maybe, maybe not. Mahomes looked liked the real deal in preseason, but so did Peterman for the Bills. I actually loved Mohomes coming out of college, think he was the best potential QB coming out. Wish the Bills would of drafted him, I guess only time will tell. Hope you guys beat the Raiders out, even though that will cost us a lower draft pick.

  4. What does Alex Smith have, one or two playoff wins in 13 years? When you draft a QB #1, you’re hoping for a John Elway, Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw. You’re looking for a guy who can go to the worst team and turn them into a multiple super bowl winning team. Heck, Colin Kaepernick has more playoff victories than Smith. Mahomes should have been the overall number one pick. You can’t pass up a QB like him. Andy Reid feels the clock ticking. He wants to win a super bowl. Maybe the 49ers will sign Smith again.

  5. If the Chiefs win it all, he will stay next year. Unfortunately the odds are not in the Chiefs’ favor.

  6. He is a nice regular season QB, but you can’t win in the post season with an ultra conservative QB like Smith. It’s just reality. Unless the Chiefs somehow get the 1985 Bears, they are better off moving on and preparing for the future.

  7. charliecharger says:
    September 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    What does Alex Smith have, one or two playoff wins in 13 years? When you draft a QB #1, you’re hoping for a John Elway, Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw.
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    Judging someone by that standard is setting the bar ridiculously high unless you are prepared to put the weapons around him each of those players had. This season Smith has more bullets in the gun than he has ever had before. We may finally see him produce accordingly.

  8. Smith was 2 special teams fumbles away from the SB in 2011 after leading the Niners to a 13-3 record. He did everything needed to win that game and the chiefs ST’s just kept giving the Giants the ball back. Of course people just think Kaep came in and made the Niners a contender, even though they won more games with Smith.

  9. He wont be out of a job however. A lot of teams have far worse them him at QB. Amazing career if you think of it. If he wins a SuperBowl some day it would be a story for the ages.

  10. One great game, where he WASN’T a game manager and now everyone wants to hop on the bandwagon. I say lets see how these other 15 play out. Alex Smith is under-appreciated to some extent, that’s certainly true. But lets not forget that he is a former #1 OVERALL PICK. Has he really done anything to this point to justify the selection? Remember he backed up a former sixth-rounder in the Super Bowl, while he was still in his twenties. The reality is, the Rich Gannon effect is a thing. QBs are getting better in their mid-to-late thirties. But I would still rather have Romo, Brady, or…..Aaron Rodgers at that pick. Just saying.

  11. The 2011 Divisional again the Saints and the 2013 Wild Card against the Colts are 2 of best individual playoff games you’ll ever see a qb play. The divisional game last year was a dud. Otherwise he’s been outstanding in the playoffs but had some bad luck (2 punt return fumbles NFC Championship vs NYG, Jamaal Charles’ injury and the defense giving up 45 points to the Colts in a 45-44 shootout, Maclin’s knee injury vs Patriots, etc..).

    While he might not be the best fit for every offensive scheme, a team that thinks they have the rest of pieces in place might do well to sign him, especially in the AFC. He’s not going to lose games on his own and he’s the only guy in the NFL to repeatedly own a Bill Belichick defense.

  12. Smith did not say if he thought he would be gone after this year. He was asked if he potentially could be gone. Those are different questions that yield different responses.

  13. There so few QBS in the NFl that are legit franchise players–the ones that can win a game for you on their own. Elway. Farve. Brady.

    Rogers? you would think so, but even the best QB’s playoff record isn’t so great. Even Farve only one a single super bowl.

    I know teams want to chase and get that Franchise guy, but its so difficult. Giants won with Eli. Ravens won with Trent Dilfer.

    The Jets won a ton of playoff games with Mark Sanchez….

    I think you get to the playoffs and its a lot more luck than anyone wants to realize. But you got to GET to the playoffs to have a chance.

    But no excuses for Andy Dalton and the Bengals!

  14. He can sign with the Redskins at 2 years 34M and keep the seat warm for a new QB. Unless Kirk starts showing he can go off schedule and create TD’s and stop stalling in the redzone, he is not worth 20M/year let alone 25M. There are some QB’s that will never get it done and will always tease the fans…. I’m starting to believe KC is that guy along with guys like Andy Dalton who will always break your heart… but he’s got 15 more games to prove me wrong. Alex Smith would be an excellent stop gap guy that could do the same as Kirk at a lower rate while we continue to seek the guy that has IT.

  15. scmems07 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    Smith was 2 special teams fumbles away from the SB in 2011 after leading the Niners to a 13-3 record. He did everything needed to win that game and the chiefs ST’s just kept giving the Giants the ball back. Of course people just think Kaep came in and made the Niners a contender, even though they won more games with Smith.

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    In OT, Anthony Dixon either missed the block on Jacquian Williams or let him release. Dixon looked lost at the snap, not sure to rush or block. EVERY other Giant was blocked on the play. Even Devin Thomas (the gunner) was blocked initially, before recovering the fumble.

    FWIW, Kyle Williams should not have been back there after the knee brush or the sliding fair catch. As a Giants fan, I didn’t see a win coming there and the game was given away.

    PS: Was this the game with the phantom forward progress when Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled?

  16. Loved Smith as a 9er. He got screwed there in the Nolan/Singletary years. They couldn’t protect him and multiple offensive coordinators made him look bad. Harbaugh made the decision to go with Kap and we all see now how that worked out. This guy can play QB and maybe this might be his year.

  17. A Chiefs fan since 1963, my guess is Smith ‘will’ be back in KC 2018 because a) Mahomes is nowhere near ready and was not impressive in preseason, unless playing vs 3’s/4’s impresses you, and b) the Chiefs would get very little for Smith. He turns 34 in 2018 & if he can not succeed (as in win an Superbowl) in an offense tailor made for him as he has had in KC, his chances of succeeding/Superbowl elsewhere in a similar or different offense are nigh on nil. If someone does take a chance on him the Chiefs would consider themselves lucky if they got a 4th round draft choice for him.

  18. Way too early to be talking about any of this. We’ve seen Smith has the ability to open it up when he decides to. I don’t think it’s a given he’ll play elsewhere next year, we’ll see beyond 1 game.

  19. As a Raiders fan I really respect this dude. He doesn’t throw bombs but he wins consistently in the system around him. 2-4 playoff record blah blah blah, it’s effin hard to win in the NFL…well except for you couch GMs.

  20. Man, this is not what I gathered from the interview. What I heard is he understands that as a 13 year veteran the expectations are different than for a rookie. the pay scale is different. Every year could be your last with a team. He thought he only had one year when he got traded. go to http://www.arrowheadpride.com to make your own decision.

  21. “charliecharger says:
    September 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    What does Alex Smith have, one or two playoff wins in 13 years? When you draft a QB #1, you’re hoping for a John Elway, Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw.”

    To be fair drafting Elway #1 didnt really work out well for the colts…

  22. Alex Smith is a quality starting quarterback. Is he the best? No, but I would put him in the top 15 for sure. The problem is Alex Smith’s contract. He knows it too. After this season the Chiefs can save $17 MILLION!!!! by releasing Alex Smith. That is a huge amount of money and unless he puts up insane numbers, the Chiefs will start Patrick Mahomes next year.

    So at this point, Alex Smith knows he is playing for his career every single game. If he has a bad streak he knows he will be benched for Mahomes. And if his season stat line is not outstanding he will also miss out on his last payday oppurtunity. No team is going to offer Alex Smith a $16-20 million a year contract if he plays like trash this year.

  23. If he were to take them to the super bowl. I doubt he’s elsewhere in 2018

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    Actually I still think he would be. Saving 17 million on the cap is just to hard to pass up. That allows you to go out in free agency and sign that top FA that you need at another key position. Unless Mahommes shows he absolutely is not ready during the offseason Smith will be elsewhere.

    Then somebody who said a high 2nd rd pick…are you kidding me. You aren’t getting a high second round pick for a QB that is going to be 35 at that point. I think the Chiefs traded a 2nd or 3rd to get Montana back in in 92 and that was for a 4 time SB winner. 4th rounder at best is my guess.

    This all coming from a Alex Smith and Chiefs fan.

  24. This is nonsense. He went 1-13 on 3rd downs in the NFCCG why do you think Harbaugh was so quick to pull the hook on Alex even after a good game in ’12? Because Harbaugh knew he had a ceiling. They actually didn’t win more games with Alex and Kap was lights out in the post season, even when his defense was giving up 30+ ppg at the end of ’12. Kap hung 44 on GB and came back from down 17 in the nfccg , something Alex could never do. Obviously Alex is playing well now but he’s been afforded far more lives than Kap was ever provided. Kap , in the right system and surrounding talent could be a devastating force in the NFL . Too bad he won’t be given that chance because of a few scared old bags who run the show.

  25. Smith went a WHOLE season without throwing a TD to a WR. That just doesn’t happen in today’s NFL, unless you’re an ultra conservative Checkdown guy like Alex Smith who is good enough to help a really good team win the regular season… and then promptly lose in the playoffs. Unless you put him on a team like the ’85 Bears or 2000 Ravens where all they need is a game manager who doesn’t make stupid mistakes, he’s not your guy. Sorry. As a Raider fan, I’d love to have him as a backup to Carr, but no way as a starter. He’ll revert back to his Captain Checkdown identity soon enough…

  26. I like AS’s determination. He has fallen short in some important situations, but he always fights hard. He can look off and then get hot and beat you badly. The Chiefs look strong this year especially if AS can play like the first game. AS has reached full maturity so this year may be his best shot at a ring.

  27. Are we talking about the same Alex Smith that went over 650 days without throwing a TD pass to a wide receiver?

  28. I don’t get it. You just won a huge game against the Pats and you’re talking about where you’ll be next season? He should have never answered that question.
    No wonder Smith has never been a winner.

  29. Teams win games not any one individual player. It’s just laziness to give the QB all the credit or all the blame. Winning takes a lot of hard work by a lot of players and coaches. Good for Alex Smith, hopefully he’ll find a team next year that appreciates him.

  30. He answered that he felt it was possible he would be elsewhere, whereas the headline implies he stated he expected to be elsewhere.

    Mahomes is a project, Smith is the guy so long as the team around him is ready for super bowl contention. Moving on from Smith represents a rebuild, they aren’t there yet.

  31. If Alex Smith can play consistently throughout the season like he did on Thursday night against the Patriots, the Chiefs will be idiots to get rid of him. And Alex will not have any problems finding work…

    I was seriously impressed with Alex Smith on Thursday. Never seen that QB play that well before.

  32. I am glad the Chiefs traded up for pat Mahomes. he is going to be 1 helluva NFL qb. Better than Alex Smith has ever been. If Alex wants to play all 16 games like he did against new england and actually win some playoff games, chiefs fans might look more favorably on him. he has been an Average qb for the Chiefs since he got here.

  33. aj66shanghai says:
    September 14, 2017 at 8:48 am
    He answered that he felt it was possible he would be elsewhere, whereas the headline implies he stated he expected to be elsewhere.

    Mahomes is a project, Smith is the guy so long as the team around him is ready for super bowl contention. Moving on from Smith represents a rebuild, they aren’t there yet.

    Have you watched Mahomes play? Not Really a project. The kid could start Now and be an NFL Qb. he looked Incredible in the preseason.

  34. I think the Chiefs will find out, to their dismay, that Mahomes is not the guy to take them to the next level. He’s another Russell Wilson-similar size, similar run-around style–and while Wilson is good and has won the big taco, his success was due to a significant extent to Seattle’s great defense. Lots of QBs can win if you have a monster defense. When the defense is less good, let’s see if you can carry a team–not many can. But KC has invested a lot in Mahomes and has to roll with him despite the fact that Smith has taken the Chiefs to the playoffs in, what, three of the last four years?

  35. I think they could recoup both picks used for Mahomes for Smith if he continues the type of season he could have.
    Then again… if he has an all star year, why not play out his contract and let the young man sit… it sure wouldn’t hurt Mahomes to wait a la Aaron Rodgers.

  36. I think the Chiefs made a huge mistake giving up two 1st rounders for Mahomes. He was good in the run in shoot offense designed for collages offenses, but not for the NFL. Look at RGII and Kaep, both out of the league after five years. Unless you can make the intermediate throws you are not worth a third round pick and not worth of a franchise player. You better keep Smith as long as you can.

  37. Andy Reed is the one needs to go, he the one that always plays small ball and put the hand cuffs on Smith. All the Chiefs fans hating on Alex are not even real fans. Back your players. Just remember Chiefs fans, Andy Reed is good enough to get you beat every time once the playoffs start. The guy has never won anything, and never will. HAHAHAHA, signed Broncos fan.

  38. “Have you watched Mahomes play? Not Really a project. The kid could start Now and be an NFL Qb. he looked Incredible in the preseason.”

    No, he did not. Have YOU watched Mahomes play? The reason guys like Wilson & Dak were so good is not just because of their ability to escape the pocket, but they had good mechanics coming into the league. Mahomes doesn’t and unfortunately a year isn’t going to completely improve that. His footwork, stance, and holding of the ball are atrocious and ultimately will lose games if he started now. Mahomes would of NOT beat the Patriots.

  39. I was absolutely amazed when I saw Smith throw for 30 in the air more than once against the Bills. His accuracy out to 15 yards has been pretty good in the past, but beyond 15 was kind of a toss up between complete, incomplete, and interception. Maybe he has been taking long-throw lessons from Mahomes. Who knows? I still like him and still think he has a place in KC. If he blows in the post-season again, then he will need to be moved on gently.

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