The quarterback's four-year, $68 million deal comes equipped with $45 million in guarantees, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Coupled with $7.5 million in existing money, Smith is set to make an average of $15.1 million over the next five seasons.
"For me, again, it was something fair both ways," Smith told reporters. "As a quarterback, you certainly don't want to hamstring your team in any way because, I know this more than anyone, you rely so heavily on those playmakers around you. So you certainly don't want to do anything like that, but at the same time, you do want something that's fair."
Smith remains an easy target for pundits, but the quarterback's winning percentage over the past three season (.763) trails only that of Aaron Rodgers (.775) and Tom Brady (.771). While he's no gunslinger -- only Chad Henne and Matt Ryanthrew a lower percentage of passes beyond 20 yards last season -- Smith is underrated for his ability to extend plays and find targets on the run.
His game isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Smith's gifts are enough for coach Andy Reid, who willingly hitched his wagon to the veteran for years to come. Comparing quarterback contracts might make for a juicy parlor game, but the Chiefs took one look around the NFL and realized: You could do a lot worse than Alex Smith.
"You look at the market in quarterbacks, this and that, but everyone is different, every situation is different," Smith said. "But there's a lot that goes into it. I think that's kind of why it did take a little while."