Though Smith isn’t panicking about the arrival of Mahomes, he’s being honest about what the move says about his future with the Chiefs.
“I think (the Chiefs are) committed to me (only) through this year,” Smith said, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “That’s just the nature of it. If you don’t go out there and perform, I mean, coach (Andy) Reid and (quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy) are very honest. You’ve got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.
“Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn’t change that, right? If you’re not good enough and didn’t get it done, you’re not going to be around long. That’s just our culture. I know it. That’s the nature of the position.”
Smith has been the Chiefs starting quarterback since 2013, leading the team to a winning record in all four of his seasons as well as three playoff appearances.
The 33-year-old admits there is a “little similarity” between this situation and the one he faced in 2011 with the drafting of Colin Kaepernick while Smith was still with the San Francisco 49ers. However, with the coach and general manager who brought Smith to Kansas City still in place, the quarterback has a better feel for his role within the organization.
“This is a completely different coaching staff and a completely different team,” Smith said. “I think I’m a much different player.
“In that sense it’s very different. They did bring me here, and I’ve been here four years. I’m in my fifth year now. It was different there. Those were still new faces, so to speak, and I wasn’t necessarily their guy or anything like that.”
Smith is under contract through the 2018 season, but could be cut with minimal financial repercussions to the Chiefs.
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