Publicly, the Chiefs are saying nothing but positive things about talks with quarterback Alex Smith about a new contract. But behind the scenes there are reasons to believe the sides are far apart.

The public comments include Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey expressing confidence about getting a deal done and Chiefs coach Andy Reid saying he’s “sure something will get done.” But two reporters have cast doubts on that.

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that talks on a contract negotiation have been “almost nonexistent.” And Ed Werder said on ESPN that there are substantial differences between Smith and the Chiefs, and there’s a sense of pessimism about a deal getting done.