NFL News: Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith Could Experience Another Tough Breakup

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 05/18/17 03:33AM EDT
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The veteran Alex Smith is aware that the Kansas City Chiefs could replace him soon with a younger quarterback, especially if he fails to deliver successful results in the 2017 NFL season. (Photo : Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Alex Smith may have to endure another breakup when the 2017 NFL season is over. The franchise quarterback recently spoke about his future with the Kansas City Chiefs. He understands that his time with them could come to an end soon, especially after the selection of Patrick Mahomes II.

"I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year. That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to," Smith said according to ESPN.

Smith added that Mahomes' selection is unlikely a factor. The veteran quarterback knows that the important thing is for him to deliver because if he fails, his stint in Kansas City is in jeopardy. He still has two years in his pact with the Chiefs but that would not save him if they again come up short in the 2017 NFL season.

Smith also mentioned that what is happening now in Kansas City is a bit similar to what took place when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. Before he parted ways with the 49ers, they also drafted a younger quarterback named Colin Kaepernick. Soon he was replaced by Kaepernick in San Francisco which led to an NFL trade in 2013 that sent him to the Chiefs.

Earlier this month, NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported that Reid told Smith of the Chiefs' plan to add a quarterback during the 2017 NFL Draft. Kansas City's head coach made it clear that they still believe in the 33-year-old, but they are concerned with his age.

It is likely that the 2017 NFL season is the Chiefs' way of assessing Smith's performance. It is going to determine if his stay in Kansas City will be extended or not.



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