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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.

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Only 26 percent of Alex Smith's 2013 pass attempts traveled beyond the first-down marker, the lowest percentage in football last season.

Smith set career highs in TD passes (23) and yards (3,313), and made his first career Pro Bowl in his first season with Andy Reid, but for the most part remained Captain Checkdown. The Chiefs were the only team in football whose running back (Jamaal Charles) led them in targets, catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Smith did flash more aggressiveness in the intermediate to deep sections over the course of last season, but it's hard to imagine him taking a truly big step forward at age 30. He's a mid-range QB2 in fantasy leagues.

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In a radio interview Chiefs GM John Dorsey expressed confidence the team and Alex Smith will get a deal done.

With Smith entering the final year of his deal, it was expected Kansas City would move quickly to extend the player they gave up two second-round picks for last offseason, but talks have progressed slowly. Still, Dorsey believes the deal will get done. "We're at that point now where we're going back and forth," Dorsey said. "Eventually, as (with) all negotiations, there will be a medium point where both sides agree." The most likely outcome is still that Smith signs an extension and is the Chiefs quarterback for the foreseeable future.

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According to the NFL Network, the Chiefs will consider taking a quarterback in the first round of Thursday's draft.

Ian Rapoport reports that extension negotiations with Alex Smith "aren't progressing well," so the Chiefs are keeping their long-term options open at No. 23 overall. It's a wise leak to gain leverage in negotiations. Extending Smith could cost as much as $14-$17 million annually, while the cost to keep a first-round quarterback under club control for the next five seasons is relatively modest. Smith, who turns 30 years old Wednesday, is entering the final year of his current contract.

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Profootballtalk reports extension talks between the Chiefs and Alex Smith are moving "very, very slowly."

PFT's Mike Florio expects talks to pick up after the draft, and for Smith to ultimately earn an extension worth $14-$17 million annually. That would be quite a payday for a player who was benched only a year and a half ago. Coming off the best season of his career, Smith turns 30 on May 7.

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Speaking on a Tuesday conference call, GM John Dorsey said the Chiefs are having "ongoing" extension talks with Alex Smith.

However, Dorsey declined to offer a timeline for getting a deal done. Going on 30, Smith is due $7.5 million in the final year of his contract. Smith isn't the long-term answer in Kansas City, but a two-year extension could make sense for both sides.

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Chairman Clark Hunt confirmed the Chiefs are interested in extending Alex Smith's contract.

Smith's current deal is set to expire after the 2014 season. "When we made the trade for him a year ago, that was part of the thinking," Hunt said. "I don't think that thinking has changed. He came in and did a nice job. We're glad to have him as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs and we hope it's longer than a two-year stay." The Chiefs are encouraged by the progress Smith showed as he got more comfortable in Andy Reid's scheme. Over the final eight games (including playoffs), he averaged 237.0 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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The National Football Post's Jason Cole reports the Chiefs will try and extend Alex Smith's contract this offseason.

Smith is entering the final year of his contract and is set to make $7.5 million. He has a 30-9-1 record the past three seasons and helped the Chiefs go from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-5 and a Wild Card playoff berth in 2013, Smith's first season with Kansas City. Smith also set new career-highs in passing yards (3,313) and passing touchdowns (23) this past season. Smith isn't going to command a lengthy deal or a ton of guaranteed money, but a three- or four-year extension at $13-15 million per year would make some sense.

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Alex Smith completed 30-of-46 passes for 378 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in Kansas City's 45-44, Wild Card loss to the Colts.

Smith added eight rushes for 57 yards. He also lost a fumble. In many ways, it was the best game of Smith's career. He completed passes of 63 and 79 yards in the first half, and came up time and again with timely rushes. Missing Jamaal Charles (concussion) and Donnie Avery (concussion), however, Smith and the Chiefs offense went into a shell late, sputtering as the Colts completed a 28-point comeback. The Chiefs were out-scored 35-6 over the game's final 28 minutes. It was a bittersweet capper to a highly successful first season for Smith in Kansas City, where he posted new career highs in passing yards (3,313), rushing yards (431) and passing touchdowns (23). Smith is not a five- or six-year answer for Andy Reid's Chiefs, but he'll be back as a high-end QB2 in 2014.

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Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles are among the Chiefs' Week 17 inactives.

They are both healthy scratches with the Chiefs locked into the AFC's No. 5 seed and nowhere to go up or down in the rankings. Chase Daniel is expected to start at quarterback, with Tyler Bray potentially getting some snaps. The rest of the Chiefs' Week 17 inactives are WR Dwayne Bowe, OLB Tamba Hali, LB Derrick Johnson, LT Branden Albert, and DT Dontari Poe.