Alex Smith has acknowledged that his time as Kansas City's starting quarterback might soon be finished.
Smith made his first public comments since the Chiefs traded up in the first round to draft Patrick Mahomes II.
The Chiefs view the rookie as an eventual replacement for Smith, who has two seasons left on his contract.
"I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year," Smith said. "That's just the nature of it. If you don't go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You've got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.
"Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn't change that, right? If you're not good enough and didn't get it done, you're not going to be around long. That's just our culture. I know it. That's the nature of the position."
Smith likened it to when the San Francisco 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in 2011.
"There is a little similarity," said Smith, who turned 33 earlier this month. "I'm an older quarterback, and they drafted a kid that's coming in young and they're looking to develop."