By DAVE SKRETTA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Alex Smith was walking off the practice field, a member of the Chiefs communications staff intercepted him, the two of them huddling just out of earshot of reporters.
Moments later, when Smith stepped in front of the cameras, the first question he was asked was whether the new contract that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had signed would have any impact on his own negotiations for an extension to remain in Kansas City beyond this season.
"To be honest, I had no idea they were even talking," Smith said. "I just found out walking off the field, just to give me a heads up because I'd probably get asked it. So other than that, I've got nothing for you. I don't know anything about it."