“I want to get something that’s right that I’m going to play out, absolutely, and that’s definitely a focus of mine,” Smith said, via USA TODAY.
“We’re on the record. That’s a tough question,” Smith said in response to whether or not he would sign Dalton’s contract if the Chiefs offered it. “Certainly, I think it’s a tough thing. I look at both Andy and Kap and they’re both on their rookie deals. They’re both second-round picks in the new rookie wage scale, so what were their salaries? It’s a very different situation for me.”
Dalton’s extension adds six years to his current deal and will give him the opportunity to make as much as $115 million in total. Although, it’s unlikely that he’ll come close to receiving all of the money included in this contract.
To judge Dalton’s contract, it’s probably better to distill the figures down to the foreseeable future. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported previously that Dalton will receive $25 million after two years and $35.7 million after the first three years of the contract.
Smith, 30, is entering the final year of his current deal and will make $7.5 million for the 2014 season.
In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith led them to playoffs and played great in their first-round matchup against the Colts. Smith also set career highs in passing yards with 3,313, rushing yards (431) and touchdowns (23) while only throwing seven interceptions.