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Walk-year QB Alex Smith said he will table his contract discussions with the Chiefs if they become a distraction.

"You're getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction," Smith said. "You're finally gonna cross a line where it's like, it's just football from here on out." Smith has already said he wants to stay in Kansas City, but "significant differences" still exist between the two sides. It appears unlikely a deal will be struck before the season.

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Speaking Monday, coach Andy Reid confirmed the Chiefs remain in long-term talks with walk-year QB Alex Smith.

Smith said earlier this month that he remained hopeful of striking a deal. Despite the ongoing dialogue, there's been little indication the sides are close to an agreement. A bridge quarterback now on the wrong side of 30, Smith is a complicated long-term case.

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Walk-year QB Alex Smith remains hopeful of signing a long-term agreement with the Chiefs.

Speaking Thursday, Smith said the sides have had ongoing talks. "I'd love to have it done," Smith said. "But when you're talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy." The Chiefs are in a tough spot, as Smith, 30, has everything you'd want in a bridge quarterback, but hasn't proven to be someone you build an offense around. A 2-3 year deal could end up being the compromise.

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ESPN' Adam Teicher believes it will be "difficult" for the Chiefs to maintain the same level of passing success they enjoyed down the stretch last season.

Alex Smith was quietly solid over the second half of 2013, passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns a game over his final seven. Smith is not the problem in Teicher's eyes, however. The Chiefs did nothing to address one of the weakest receiving corps in the league this offseason, instead hoping for a bounce-back season from Dwayne Bowe and the emergence of players like second-year TE Travis Kelce to bolster their toothless passing attack. It is unlikely to work. Smith remains an interesting fantasy asset because of his scrambling ability, but he may have hit his ceiling last season.

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ESPN's Adam Teicher doesn't expect the Chiefs to offer Alex Smith more than $15 million annually.

Smith is seeking a contract similar to Jay Cutler ($18.1M per year), so it's a large gap to cover. The Chiefs have expressed interest in getting a deal done before training camp, but are willing to franchise Smith if a long-term contract can't be worked out. Smith is set to make just $7.5 million in the final year of his current deal. He set career highs and made the Pro Bowl in his first season with Andy Reid, but is likely going to have to settle for second-tier quarterback money.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid is confident the team will work out a long-term deal with Alex Smith.

"I don't think he's concerned and we're not," Reid said. "I'm sure it will get worked out down the road." There's going to be more back and forth in the media, but it would behoove both sides to figure something out before training camp.

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Sources tell NFL Network's Ian Rapoport the Chiefs are willing to franchise tag Alex Smith in 2015 if no long-term contract is reached.

As there is no "second-tier" quarterback precedent, contract-year QBs Smith and Andy Dalton have reached crossroads with their respective teams, who aren't wiling to pay them "first-tier" money. It's no secret by now that Smith wants Jay Cutler money, or perhaps even more. (That's $18.1 million per year.) We still wouldn't be surprised if the sides reach a compromise before camp.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports contract-year QB Alex Smith is asking the Chiefs for "top-tier" quarterback money in an extension.

Hence the reason contract talks are "going nowhere," according to multiple reports. The Bears recently gave Jay Cutler an annual average of $18.1 million, and Smith is both younger and coming off of a better 2013 season than Cutler, all things considered. The National Football Post's Jason Cole tweeted Wednesday that Smith "wanted a deal above Jay Cutler" in January, and Cole "can't imagine that has changed." The Chiefs would be smart to let Smith play one more season under Andy Reid before breaking the bank to keep him. If Smith takes another big step forward, the franchise tag could come into play.

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Updating an earlier item, the Kansas City Star reports extension talks between the Chiefs and Alex Smith have been "almost nonexistent in recent months."

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ESPN's Ed Werder reported on NFL Insiders that there are "substantial differences" between what the Chiefs are willing to pay Alex Smith on a long-term contract, and what Smith expects.

Per Werder, there is now a "sense of pessimism" about a deal. If Smith wants Joe Flacco money, the Chiefs would be savvy to let him play out his contract year without an enormous financial commitment. Smith played better than expected in his first season with Andy Reid, but isn't a franchise quarterback.