Alex Smith could be on a new team next year.
As Alex Smith gets ready to lead his team in a Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans this afternoon, reports about his future with the Chiefs are making headlines.
Although Smith leads the NFL in passer rating this season, the former No. 1 overall pick could be traded before the 2018 season. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, unless Smith leads the team to a Super Bowl victory, there’s a “real chance” he gets traded after the 2017 season concludes.
From the report:
And yet, the Chiefs are open to trading Smith this offseason, sources say, thanks in part to one of the most fervent quarterback markets in recent memory.
Kansas City won’t actively seek out trade partners, but they will listen. There is a real chance Smith, who’s set to make $17 million next season, will be dealt for the second time in his career.
Of course, this was always seen as the future for Kansas City, who traded up in the 2017 NFL draft in order to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. The former Texas Tech quarterback has drawn tremendous praise from Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, and is a much more affordable option than Smith.
Smith spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before he was traded to Kansas City in favor of Colin Kaepernick. Since joining the Chiefs, Smith has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league averaging over 3,500 passing yards and fewer than seven interceptions per year.
Kansas City and Tennessee kick off at 4:20 p.m. ET.