This offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs have plenty to take care of within their own ranks. Of all their chores, none are more pressing than locking up Alex Smith with a contract extension.

Smith, long seen as a game manager by most around the NFL, has become one of the better signal-callers around. At first glance, the numbers would make you think otherwise. The 29-year-old only threw for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns in 15 games this season, not much in comparison to many of today's Madden-like offenses.

However, there is more than meets the eye with Smith. He only threw seven interceptions and exhibits excellent pocket awareness, scrambling for 431 yards this season. Even when he isn't running, Smith always finds a way to extend the play with his feet, an overlooked trait that keeps drives alive.

He also got better as the season went on. In the first nine games of the year, Smith threw only nine touchdowns and four picks. In his last seven games, including the playoffs, Smith tossed 18 touchdowns against only three interceptions. In his first 10 games with Kansas City, Smith only had a QB rating better than 100.0 once. Over his last six, Smith shattered that mark four times.

Now, Smith is hoping to come to terms on an extension with the Chiefs before the beginning of next season. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2004 is deserving of one after taking Kansas City from 2-14 to 11-5, but the real question is how much will it cost?

Judging from recent quarterback contracts, the answer is plenty. Last offseason, Joe Flacco inked a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, including $52 million guaranteed. Tony Romo then got a six-year deal worth $108 million, $55 million guaranteed.