Chiefs Trade QB Alex Smith to Redskins

Chiefs Trade QB Alex Smith to Redskins

Javier Howell
February 1, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins agreed to a trade involving Alex Smith, Kendall Fuller, and draft picks on Tuesday night, effectively shifting the balance of power in the AFC West. That also means that Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is now set to be a free agent.

This will not be official until the NFL's new league year begins on March 14th.

He is one of just five quarterbacks with at least 4,000 yards passing in each of the last three seasons, but made just one playoff appearance (in 2015) as the team went 8-7-1 in 2016 and 7-9 in 2017.

The Washington Redskins ended up landing quarterback Alex Smith, but they weren't the only interested party. "The Jets are projected to have more than $70 million in cap space this year". Barring a Super Bowl run of their own, there was likely little chance Smith would return as their quarterback, and especially after Mahomes showed off his high-ceiling talent in a Week 17 start at Denver. While the Robert Griffin III swoon produces some painful memories, would you rather the team use the draft capital they handed to Kansas City to move up and acquire a young quarterback in the draft?

Which leads to the question: If Smith is worth $94 million, what in the heck will free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins make?

Signs have pointed for some time that the Chiefs would trade Smith, their starting quarterback since he was acquired in 2013. The Redskins have the first rights to Cousins right now, and even after franchise tagging him for two consecutive years, the Redskins are in the driver's seat as far as Cousins' 2018 season is concerned.

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Perhaps decent quarterbacks will continue to elude the Cleveland Browns until the end of time.

Imagine the Jets, who early on lost four games in five weeks by a touchdown or less, putting Cousins under center instead of 38-year-old has-been Josh McCown.

The Browns possess the top overall selection in a quarterback-rich National Football League draft that includes top prospects such as USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.

The other scenario involves the Colts' ability to trade back in the draft if they desire to do so. There isn't much thinking in Washington that the Browns have a lot to offer that would interest Cousins other than gobs of money.

Cousins, who completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 4,093 yards this season, also made it no secret that he is a big fan of Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, CBS Sports reported. If one of them nabs Cousins, then this eliminates one of the Colts potential partners to trade back minimally, but still allowing them to get a top guy on their board.

At 10:45 p.m., Fuller responded to the tweet with one word.