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With regular season looming, Chiefs' Smith approaching cut-off point for contract negotiations

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs past Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs past Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a distinct possibility with the start of the regular season just a week away.

Smith said earlier in training camp that he wanted to end discussions of a new deal by the time the games count. That happens Sept. 7, when Kansas City opens its season against Tennessee.

Smith is in the final year of the three-year contract he signed with San Francisco, and is due to make $8 million this season. His agent has been speaking to the Chiefs for several months, but the two sides have not been close to an agreement.

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