Well.....Alex Smith is certainly saying all the right things. But we don't really know what is going on inside his head. The smart guys always say the right things in public when a contract is being negotiated. And whatever is said about Alex Smith he's certainly smart.
The problem of course is the salary cap. We have 2 excellent players both wanting big extensions this year (Smith and Houston) and we simply don't have the cash to pay them. This is the final contract year for both, and next year we will have Jamaal Charles wanting an extension.....and that is going to be another HUGE pot full of money. My guess is that we will keep all 3 of these guys but may wind up using the Franchise tag on some of them. I also expect we will see some more of our upper tier players with big contracts being traded or released to make the cap room for these 3.