Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been talked about a lot by Bills fans as the team tries to determine its future at the position.
Smith, 33, is entering the final year of his contract and has a cap number of $20.6 million for the 2018 season. The Chiefs could save $17 million by letting him go or dealing him to another team. Any trade could not happen until the new league year begins on March 14. And it's not a given that he won't be back in Kansas City. He says his preference is to remain with the Chiefs.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of speculation out there on what’s going to happen, what could happen,” Smith told the Kansas City Star in an extensive interview at the Pro Bowl in Orlando. “I don’t think anybody totally knows. ...
“I don’t know that this is limbo, but if this is, it (stinks),” Smith said. “But the one (good) thing is knowing that you put a good product out there, you feel good about it, and you know that hopefully, if it comes to (a trade), there is some place (for you).”
Smith said that retirement is not on the horizon and that he has redeemed himself from a difficult period early in his career with the 49ers.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of ball ahead of me; I feel like I’m really young,” Smith said. “So for me, I feel like I’m just getting better and better. There’s a lot to that, obviously, and a lot of other people that go into that. But yeah, I feel like I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had. I think playing well (has something to do with) having fun. ... I’ve been healthy, and I feel healthy, knock on wood."
But Smith also knows what he wants and what he gets might not be the same thing.
“I hope to stay there — I love where I’m at. I love the guys, I love the situation, but who knows?” Smith said. “Obviously this is a business. I’m not going to be ignorant of anything or naive to anything.”