Dorsey expresses confidence that Alex Smith deal will get done

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The Chiefs ultimately gave up a pair of second-round picks to get quarterback Alex Smith.  The question now becomes what they’ll give up to keep him.

Contract discussions continue regarding a new deal for Smith, who is signed through 2014 at a base salary of $7.5 million.  He could be in line for twice that annually on a new deal.  Appearing with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio, G.M. John Dorsey expressed optimism that, in time, a deal will be done.

“We’ve had continual conversations with his representatives,” Dorsey said.  “We’re at that point now where we’re going back and forth and eventually, as all negotiations are, there will be a medium point where both sides agree and time will move on and we’ll go to the next project. . . . This thing will go on for a little bit.  There’s a degree of patience here.  There’s no reason to rush.  We haven’t even gotten to rookie minicamp yet.”

The Chiefs currently have extra leverage, because Smith bears the risk of injury impacting his future earning capacity.  If a new contract isn’t negotiated by the end of the 2014 season, the leverage swings to Smith.

The ultimate leverage may rest with the Chiefs, who may realize that fifth-round rookie Aaron Murray can get the job done.  In the same interview, Dorsey gushed about the former Georgia Bulldog.  He would give the Chiefs a much cheaper alternative to Smith, at least through 2016, since no draft pick’s contract may be renegotiated until he has spent three seasons in the league.

5 responses to “Dorsey expresses confidence that Alex Smith deal will get done

  1. Gee he’s not much of a negotiator, the Alex Smith side should just tell the team to set their current best offer to the “medium point” and resume talks from there knowing he feels compelled to make good on his assessment of the situation as surely having to result in a deal. If the “medium point” is a formality, then surely the agent can get more than that. What’s taking so long, close the number gap, so of course there’s a new “medium point” and let’s see how Dorsey analyzes that number range then on his next public comment.

  2. Pay the man, He is a winner!! He makes defenses better, converts 3rd downs and puts it in the end zone at most important times! Only manning has won more games last few yrs! Being a gunslinger only gets you beat come play-off time! I will take alex smith and a good d any time. Just wish you stayed in s f but as a fan of montana glad your a Chief, hopefully your recognized for all you do!!

  3. Your a true warrior alex smith. I will always wear your niners jersey proudly. You fought through so much, and percevered through it all, and admire how you handled comeback vs philly after being benched to throw to quick strikes, that lazer to vernon vs the saints, is just a sample of your fight. Keep doing it i hope i see you hoist up that trophy one day!!

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