Two months later: crickets. So what gives?
"Who knows," Smith told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Thursday's NFL Total Access. "Certainly there's been a lot of continued, open conversation between both sides. For me, come camp, that's all gonna get forgotten about, for me it's all about football. If it gets done, it gets done, but until then I'm just focused on that first game, really."
Entering his contract year, Smith told The Kansas City Star this week: "I'd love to have it done."
"I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players," Smith said. "... But when you're talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy, and you want it to be something that is going to last and you can play out. A lot of things go into it."
If talks fail to produce an agreeable deal, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported in May that Kansas City is indeed willing to slap the franchise tag on their steady-but-unspectacular starter.