Former Ute Alex Smith hoping for contract extension with Chiefs

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - About to enter the final year of his contract, Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs have yet to agree on a contract extension.

Smith, the former Utah quarterback who led the Utes to to the Fiesta Bowl ten years ago, is coming off his best season as a pro, throwing for 3,313 yards, 23 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. Smith is set to make $7.5 million this year, but is looking for a long term deal that will pay him at least double that. The two sides have been reportedly far apart on an agreement, so, will Smith be a Chief after this season?

"I certainly hope so," Smith said. "That's my plan. But I'm not involved in that at this point. My focus is on the field. I've got an agent and he can handle that. For me, I'm concentrating on football, but I certainly hope so."

The Chiefs thrived under Smith last year going 11-5 and making the playoffs. But they blew a 28-point lead to the Indianpolis Colts, the second worst meltdown in NFL playoff history. So, needless to say, finishing games will be a priority this season.

"It's certainly an area of focus," said Smith. We've heard coach talk about it. It's something that is kind of in the back of our mouths from the end of last season for everybody that took part in the game, and that's the way it should be."

There's no doubt smith can still improve, and if he does, he's in for a big payday by some team.

"There's not a single area that I need to work on," said Smith. "All facets of playing quarterback you want to improve upon. It's being more accurate, it's being better in the pocket, it's making better decisions. All those things go into playing good quarterback."

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