Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) on the sidelines during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid: Chiefs remain in long-term talks with QB Alex Smith

There was a report that there significant differences between the Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Alex Smith regarding his contract situation. While that might be the case, and is probably more often than not the case in negotiations as sides look to reach a middle ground, the important thing is that the two sides are talking.

“I mean, there’s communication going on,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during his news conference Monday, via the Kansas City Star. “Like I told you before, that’s the important thing.

“Alex is a good football player, he’s great for this football team and we’re lucky to have him here.”

Smith certainly had a big impact on the Chiefs in 2013. He led them to an 9-0 start and an 11-5 season which resulted in a Wild Card berth to the playoffs.Personally, Smith had a career year throwing for 3,313 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In 2014, Smith will make $7.5 million this season. A bargain compared to the deal he is currently looking for, which is more in the range of what Bears’ Jay Cutler, Cowboys’ Tony Romo and Lions’ Matthew Stafford is making.

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