“After an intense and largely secretive day of negotiations, the Chiefs and Smith have worked out a four-year, $68 million extension. Per a league source, Smith gets $30 million guaranteed at signing. Another $15 million in injury-only guarantee vests in March 2015. … Now, Smith has a contract that is much, much (did I say much?) better than the team-friendly deal that Kaepernick signed earlier this year.”
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com
GH: Okay, this surprised me. The experts led us to believe that the Chiefs would franchise Smith after this season and then cut him loose after next year in favor of Andy Reid’s next QB project – hopefully Aaron Murray. It looks like the 30-year-old Smith is the QB who will make or break Andy Reid’s and John Dorsey’s legacy here in Kansas City.
“John Dorsey is onboard with the (Alex Smith) deal or else it wouldn’t have gotten done. Who is the alpha male at One Arrowhead Drive? It is clearly Andy Reid. This is an Andy Reid move. My question is why hurry? Why hurry to hitch your wagon to Alex Smith.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
“Kansas City GM John Dorsey did the right thing Sunday evening, putting the finishing touches on a four-year contract extension for Alex Smith that will pay him, on average, $15.1 million over the next five years. (That includes his $7.5-million salary this year, the last year of the contract he signed in San Francisco before being traded to Kansas City 17 months ago.) … Folks, it’s okay to change your minds about a player. Alex Smith of 2014 isn’t Alex Smith of 2007. He’s a pretty good player. Not the best quarterback in football. Not in the top five, or the top 10 probably. But on a given day, he can play with any quarterback, and he’s certainly not the impediment to winning that so many people in Football America view him to be. He’s going to complete 64 percent or so of his throws, he’s going to limit mistakes, and he’s going to give Kansas City a good chance to win most Sundays. In this current landscape at quarterback, with the alternatives the Chiefs faced (Aaron Murray in 2015 or ’16, or Chase Daniel, or some other draftee or retread), Dorsey made a smart move.”
Peter King, SI.com
“John Dorsey is still a tremendous unknown as a general manager and as a drafter. Do you really think (Smith) would have been more expensive if they would have waited a year?” Soren Petro, 810 AM
“I don’t see any reasonable alternative to this. That’s part of the problem.”
Adam Teicher, discussing the Chiefs decision to sign Alex Smith, 810 AM
“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term. Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”
John Dorsey, Chiefs GM, ESPN.com
GH: I like Smith more than most. But his talent may not be enough with the offensive line and limited receiver corps that Dorsey and Reid have provided him here in KC. I don’t think saving $1.5 million by cutting Ryan Succop is going to be the answer to filling those holes.
“He just kind of came in and captured everybody with his ability. He doesn’t say much. He just lines up. He gave us every confidence that he could do it.”
Andy Reid, on the Chiefs decision to cut placekicker Ryan Succop in favor of the undrafted rookie Carlos Santos out of Tulane, 610 AM
GH: The Brazilian-born Santos is one of the Chiefs preseason’s best stories – not that there were a lot from which to pick.
“Wow…don’t know where to start. What an awesome 5 yrs in KC! I loved every minute of being a @KCChiefs. So blessed to have played for such a great organization, fans, coaches & teammates. Too many great memories to count. Thank you Kansas City! #blessed #thankful.”
Ryan Succop, @ryansuccop, Twitter GH: Succop’s classy email should be a template for other professional athletes on how to depart a franchise and a city. Succop has since signed with Tennessee – the Chiefs opponent this Sunday at Arrowhead.
“I still have a lot of questions about Dontari Poe. Am I the only one who has questions about Dontari Poe? Is he going to be a destructive force (in the Chiefs defensive line) throughout the entire season? I like Dontari Poe, I just think he has something to prove. He was mostly a non-factor the second half of the season. Am I the only one who saw that?”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John and Nick Leckey quickly reminded Bukaty that Poe played almost 400 more snaps than any other NFL defensive tackle last season. While Poe may have worn down last November and December, his play will be key to getting the Chiefs pass rushers a lane to the QB.
“Put me on the island with Nate. I think he’s got a lot to prove. I think it’s time for Dontari Poe and to get better production out of that defensive line.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
“I think the (Chiefs) secondary is brutal! It’s the worst I can remember as a Kansas City Chiefs fan.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: All the more reason for Poe and the Chiefs pass rush to get to the quarterback.
“You’re going to go to war with Alex Smith? Then Bob Sutton better kick ass on defense!” Soren Petro, 810 AM
“I think Bob Sutton is a great coach but if it’s not working, it’s not working and you have to do something else.”
Adam Teicher, on the Chiefs defensive coordinator, 810 AM
“I think we’ll get better as we get more familiar with each other and play together throughout the season. That doesn’t mean we’re a bad group to start.”
Andy Reid, in an interview Monday with Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe and Klingler used Labor Day to get in some private time with the Chiefs head coach and it paid off with some quality sound and comments that didn’t have the annoying locker room or press conference ambient noise. Reid sounded upbeat but that is one of Big Red’s best attributes. He is a master at handling the media and his outward emotions.
“We were the second youngest team in the National Football League last year.”
Andy Reid, responding the Fescoe asking him what he learned from the Chiefs loss at Indianapolis in last season’s playoffs, 610 AM
GH: Reid listed some other things he learned in that disappointing collapse at Indianapolis but the youthfulness of his team was the second item (excuse?) he mentioned. Does that mean his team will be better this season after another year of experience? If so, they have an odd way of displaying their improvement.
“I love that even-keel attitude with Andy Reid. I made that Ned Yost comparison.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Is Ned Yost even-keeled? It is true that he refuses to criticize his players and he is very predictable in what he is going to say at a press conference. But he strikes me more as a guy who detests the part of his job that requires him to speak to the media than someone who has a handle on his emotions.
“The Chiefs’ performance in the second half of last season was more true to the makeup of their roster than what we saw in the first half. A winning record will be tough to achieve in 2014.”
Peter King, SI.com
GH: Nine wins is a winning record in the NFL. I think the Chiefs will struggle to win six. I am hoping to be surprised.
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