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Does Chiefs QB Alex Smith really want $18 million per year?

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Is Alex Smith really worth $18 million per year? (USATSI)
Is Alex Smith really worth $18 million per year? (USATSI)

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With Alex Smith entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $7.5 million in 2014, it's clear the 30-year-old will want to cash in on another contract.

But in news that otherwise might seem ridiculous, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport writes that Smith wants to be paid more than the seven-year, $126.7 million deal that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler signed in January. The talks between the Chiefs and Smith reportedly are going nowhere. Which is understandable if the desire to top Cutler's average of $18.1 million per year is true.

According to Smith's wife, though, it's not.

(BTW, props to Mrs. Smith for getting the you are/you're/your conundrum correct twice in the same tweet.)

Hey, I'm sure Smith would like to make as much or more than Cutler. And it's true that Smith's career has been resurrected in Kansas City. And yeah, his stats from 2013 look nice (a 60.6 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns vs. seven interceptions, an 89.1 quarterback rating).

But still, are there many people, besides maybe Mrs. Smith, that would argue that Smith is a top-10 quarterback? Or that you'd rather have him under center than Cutler? I certainly wouldn't.

But of course, there's also this.

As usual, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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