The biggest news around the league today is Andy Dalton reaching a long term agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton will receive a six-year extension worth an estimated $115 million. That includes $17 million guaranteed.
This impacts the Kansas City Chiefs because Alex Smith has been compared to being in the same tier of quarterbacks as Dalton. Smith has been in negotiation talks for several weeks and neither side has come to an agreement. There is speculation that Dalton’s new deal could affect the results of Smith’s deal. Smith announced on July 30 that he would end talks for a deal if they were a distraction to the team and the game.
To compare these two quarterbacks, let’s take a look at the 2013 numbers each man posted. Dalton recorded 33 touchdowns, 20 interceptions, and 4,293 passing yards in 16 games. He finished with an 88.8% rating. Smith had 23 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 3,313 passing yards. He finished with an 89.1% rating. Chiefs fans may be concerned that Smith’s numbers are lower but it is important to remember that Jamaal Charles had a huge impact on the offense last year resulting in more ground plays than passing.
After practice on Monday, Smith didn’t seem too concerned with what was happening with Dalton. He seems to be standing by not making contract talks a distraction. However, this new deal for Dalton will cause some affects round the league much like Charles’ new contract did. Marshawn Lynch began a holdout for a new contract the same day Charles signed his. Football is a business and in business, money talks. Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton are trying to negotiate new deals with their teams as well.
Chiefs fans have strong opinions on both sides as to what should happen with Smith. I am a believer in him and I hope to see him receive an extension. Each game last season he showed improvement. He believes he can be the difference maker for Kansas City and after the rut Chiefs fell in with Matt Cassel, I’m inclined to believe him. Smith needs to prove himself over the next few games to convince the fandom and franchise that he is the right man for the job. If a deal is not made, Smith will be a free agent in 2015.