It all started innocently enough as reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted his findings from a report he broadcast on NFL Network on Wednesday, May 28. In his report, Rapoport said the two sides--former Utah Utes star Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs--are miles from reaching an agreement on an extension to Smith’s contract, currently worth $7.5 million per year. (The contract expires in 2015.)
In fact, Rapoport surmised the reason the Chiefs selected a quarterback in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft was because the two sides were so far apart at the negotiation table. The selection of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray may indeed have signaled that the Chiefs needed an insurance policy in case their plan to keep Smith didn't pan out--but Rapoport got someone’s attention by continuing with a few insinuations.
The first was that if a deal with Smith couldn’t be reached in time for the season, then the Chiefs would “franchise” their starting quarterback. The second one was what sent Alex Smith’s wife Liz off the deep end. Rapoport essentially called Smith greedy with his third tweet regarding the subject.
CBSSports.com reporter Evan Silva added that Smith was looking for earnings in the neighborhood of $18 million per year, over twice what the former Utah Utes star and No. 1 NFL Draft pick is currently making right now. But, Stating Smith was seeking “top-tier QB” money--not 2nd tier QB money, because Smith could, was too much for Liz--and she went off on Rapoport and Silva on Twitter.
“@evansilva @RapSheet Although I find this comical.. You are clearly misinformed!! Your "source" is leading you astray,” Liz Smith tweeted on Wednesday after reading the reports on her husband. Rapoport responded to Liz within minutes, asking her “Which part is misinformed?” Liz did not respond any further nor did she choose to continue the war of words on Twitter.
A nine-year NFL veteran, Smith threw for 3.313 yards and 23 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 2013, marking his best season as a pro. He also earned his first Pro Bowl appearance and led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs in his first season with the team.