Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt has previously said that he hopes to keep quarterback Alex Smith, who is elegible for free agency after the 2014 season, around for longer than two years. Now he seems to be trying to make that happen.
Hunt said during a Tuesday morning guest appearance on 610 Sports Radio that the team wouldn’t openly discuss contract negotiations in the public. But he said communication is now open between the team and Smith’s camp.
“We’ve begun the dialogue with his representatives,” Hunt said. “Where it goes, whether it’s something that gets done here in the offseason or during the season or perhaps even at the end of the season, I really don’t know how that’s going to play out.”
Smith led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season with the Chiefs, throwing for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns in the process.
And if the negotiations go well, it appears the Chiefs are angling to have Smith around for more than a year or two.
“People frequently say the NFL stands for ‘Not for Long,’” Hunt said. “But long-term in the view of where we’re trying to build to I would say is over the next three to four to five years.
Source: Chiefs Spin