Alex Smith: ‘Without a doubt’ 2017 could be last season with Chiefs
Alex Smith understands the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to select Patrick Mahomes II in the 2017 NFL Draft could very well expedite the end of his tenure with the team, possibly as soon as after this season.
The Chiefs gave up a lot to acquire Mahomes, trading away their first round pick, third round pick, a next year’s first round pick to the Buffalo Bills to move up to No. 10 to land the quarterback out of Texas Tech. The 33-year-old veteran appears to recognize the Chiefs didn’t sacrifice so much draft capital to see Mahomes ride the bench for more than one season at the most.
“Yeah, you know, for sure it absolutely does, without a doubt,” a pragmatic Smith said this week during an interview on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” as transcribed by NESN. “And I only say that because, that was exactly my mindset when I got traded here was no different. Like this could be my only year here right?
“… I mean, I don’t care who you are. I mean that’s the thing, right? You cease to be this developmental project — a rookie guy that’s on a rookie contract that maybe has years to grow. You’re a veteran. You’re expected to perform and play at a certain level. And if you don’t, the team isn’t going to just keep going (on same path). They’re gonna try and find somebody else that can. And so, no different this year than every year. That’s just been the way it is. I don’t think that’s a bad thing either.”
Smith has been with the Chiefs since 2013 after being traded by the San Francisco 49ers. He has led the Chiefs to the postseason in three of his four seasons in K.C.. But the Chiefs’ future at quarterback arrived with Mahomes and Smith could be headed elsewhere next season.
Although it’s clear Smith won’t go down without a fight, as evidenced by his standout performance in last week’s 42-27 thrashing of the New England Patriots, where the veteran went 28-of-35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns and a stellar 148.6 quarterback rating.