A thank you to Alex Smith

02 February, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • A thank you to Alex Smith

Of course, now that Alex Smith is in Washington, that means Kirk Cousins will nearly certainly sign elsewhere.

"I've been playing long enough", Smith said on The Dan Patrick Show just hours before the trade became known.

I would have never traded Kendall. Let's hope he has an ace up his sleeve we have yet to see.

ESPN reported up to six teams were involved in discussions with the Chiefs in trading for Smith.

According to ESPN, Smith also agreed to a four-year extension with Washington averaging $23.5 million per year, with $71 million guaranteed.

In 2017, Smith threw 26 touchdowns with just five interceptions. They have the money to do so, with about $111 million in cap space, but it would represent a paradigm shift in the team's plans if they go that route. Smith's contract was set to expire following the 2018 season.


The trade means that the Redskins will not have to ponder using a third straight franchise-player tag to retain Cousins, a manoeuvre that this time would have resulted in a one-year deal worth close to $34.5 million. Right now, he is scheduled to become a free agent on March 14.

This may seem insignificant, but think back to the 2014 NFL Draft when the Bears had Aaron Donald, one of the league's dominant defensive players, stolen away by the Rams only one pick before Chicago's. Already, the speculation has begun and includes the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals. Once Cousins signs with another team, the Redskins will receive a third round compensatory pick in 2019, and the team is now $52 million under the 2018 salary cap.

Washington will own 13th-overall spot in April's draft.

The Broncos did have interest in Smith, although the team also realized there was virtually no chance the Chiefs would trade the NFL's No. 1-rated quarterback this year to a division rival.

Washington is unlikely to be among the teams looking to move up for a quarterback now.

Smith was a good regular-season quarterback, winning nearly two-thirds of his starts for the Chiefs and leading them to the playoffs four times in five years. It really can. (Winning is) what I'll be remembered for.

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