Alex Smith came into the 2005 NFL draft as a guaranteed top five pick. It all came down to whether teams that needed a quarterback wanted Smith or Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers chose Smith number one overall, but since then it has been quite the roller coaster ride for Smith and all those involved.
Smith came into San Fran as the savior for a franchise with great history, but had been struggling for quite some time- hence they had the option to land Smith number one overall.
Smith came in and struggled from the get go, he never got things going in his first few years there.
In the 2011 season Smith showed serious signs of improvement but still managed only 17 touchdowns and barely over 3,000 yards passing. Through 10 games of the 2012 season it was much of the same with just over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns.
For a number one overall pick to play that many seasons and still not produce above the average QB numbers, fans were starting to wonder about their young backup by the name of Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick got his opportunity when Smith got injured and absolutely ran away with it, leading us to where we are now.
Smith has reportedly been asking for Jay Cutler type money; Cutler is guaranteed around $50 million and is receiving around $18 million for the first three years of his contract.
The Chiefs would be absolutely out of their mind, out of their body, out of this world if they even consider giving Smith this type of money.
Smith has not been given all of the weapons in the world and this should be taken into account. He doesn’t have Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery, but at the same time he had weapons in San Fran and still was nothing above average.
Smith is a consistent quarterback and the Chiefs know what they are getting from him, and unless he has a steel curtain defense from the Steelers, or the Ravens defense from 2000 that took Trent Dilfer to a Super Bowl victory (and he doesn’t), then it’s just not in the cards for Smith.
Alex Smith is asking to be paid millions and millions of dollars to be a solid quarterback in the NFL but nothing special. Guys like Cutler who are getting paid this money have that factor that makes it worth it. Cutler can step back and throw a pick 6 and turn around and throw back to back 50-yard touchdowns in triple coverage.
For Smith, it is really not fair to ask for this type of money. Thismoney is reserved for guys throwing 30 touchdowns and over 3,800 yards a year, none of which Smith has ever done nor will ever do, it’s just not who he is. Asking for money he doesn’t deserve is purely selfish of Smith to do.
With guys like Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray that have tons of potential it does not make sense to dish that kind of money out for such little return.
If Smith comes back to earth and realizes that his asking price is absurd and needs to be knocked down by the millions then it would make sense to keep him around. If not, it is time to let Smith test free agency.