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NFL Rumors: Alex Smith Asking Chiefs For ‘Top-Tier’ QB Money

Extension talks between Alex Smith and the Chiefs have broken down after the veteran told the team he wants more than Jay Cutler’s $18M per year.

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Alex Smith

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We’ve known about the holdup in the contract extension talks between Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs since before the NFL Draft.

Now we know why.

The key “problem” is that Smith considered himself a franchise quarterback, and wants to be paid accordingly, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported. Smith wants to be paid “like a top-tier quarterback,” and apparently, the Chiefs think differently.

Smith, 30, threw for a career-high 3,313 yards and career-best 23 touchdowns in his first season in Kansas City in 2013.

Earlier in May, the team and Smith wanted to “table talks” until after the draft. According to the Kansas City Star, talks didn’t pick up and are considered “almost nonexistent” at this point.

The National Football Post reported in January the Chiefs want to extend Smith before the start of the 2014 season. Smith sought a deal similar to that of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who earlier in the offseason inked a deal worth about $18 million annually.

Cutler, however, is younger and has been more productive in his career than Smith has been.

The Chiefs drafted Aaron Murray out of Georgia in the fifth round of the NFL Draft and also have Chase Daniel entrenched as the backup. The team needs Smith, but probably won’t budge to meet his financial terms.

In an appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL AM,” head coach Andy Reid expressed confidence in a deal getting done.

“I’ve always believed that if there’s open communication, then normally good things happen.” Reid said. “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.”

Reid’s statement about open communications conflicts with the reports, so this saga is something to keep an eye on as OTAs and mini-camps begin to pop up.

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