- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We've already established that signing quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract extension is the best course of action for the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. But let's examine another scenario.
Would it be better for the Chiefs to throw numbers at the quarterback position rather than sink a ton of money for the long term into Smith? For those who have ESPN Insider access, Ron Jaworski suggests it might be a good idea for the Chiefs to draft a quarterback in an early round this year and groom him as Smith's successor.
In 2015, assuming the Chiefs haven't re-signed Smith, he would depart as a free agent, leaving the Chiefs to choose from the other three as their starting QB.
Again, not sure this is the best way for the Chiefs to go. Smith has put three solid seasons together and could be at a point in his career where things are coming together for him, as they did for Drew Brees several years ago.
But two of the NFL's best teams, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, are where they are because over the last three years they identified and drafted quarterbacks and are now starting them at a young age. Neither Russell Wilson nor Colin Kaepernick is occupying much of his team's salary cap, leaving those clubs free to spend heavily around their quarterback.
Maybe in the absence of having a true superstar quarterback, this is the way for teams to operate. Of course, the Chiefs would need to identify the right QB and then commit to him.
That's what general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid get paid for, to identify that guy and make a player of him. The Chiefs don't have their second-round draft pick again this year, having sent it to the San Francisco 49ers as part of the deal for Smith.
So if the Chiefs are to get their QB this year, it would probably have to be in the first round. If, say, Central Florida's Blake Bortles or another quarterback they really like is available when the Chiefs make the 23rd overall pick, there are worse moves they could make than to draft him.