By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to continue with starting quarterback Alex Smith at least through this season. According to Pro Football Weekly, the Chiefs have no plans to trade the signal-caller.
“No, none at all,” their source said, who requested anonymity.
This is not surprising, because the plan was to keep him all along, despite drafting Pat Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes has been impressive early on in training camp.
The Chiefs believe that Mahomes can replace him once day. However, that day is not now or through this season.
When the team made the deal for Mahomes, they believe that the former Texas Tech quarterback is the future quarterback. They even gave up a first-round pick next year to make the deal.
If Smith struggles at the end of the season, then they could potentially move on. He’s making $13.3 million in total salary this season during this campaign with one more year left at $17 million in total salary next season with a $3.6 million dead cap hit should they release him.
Even if they tried to trade Smith, there would be limited options. The Jacksonville Jaguars would probably be the only team interested, but they already have two quarterbacks, yet they continue to struggle in Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.
It would be ridiculous for the Chiefs, especially Andy Reid, to deal Smith now. A new season is about to begin — and the Chiefs need an experienced signal-caller to lead the team into potentially another playoff appearance.
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