The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a shocking trade that will send Alex Smith to Washington D.C.to replace Kirk Cousins, according to Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star.
Smith spent the last five years as the Chiefs starting quarterback. Smith will replace Kirk Cousins in Washington, who will be allowed to leave the Redskins as a free agent.
Kirk Cousins of the Redskins looks to pass the ball against the Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 31, 2017. The team used the franchise tag on Cousins each of the past two offseasons and could have done so again, although it would come at a hefty price tag of $34m this time around. It was expected this morning that the Chiefs would receive at least a second round pick in the deal.
Being that Smith is under contract without a no-trade clause, he doesn't have any say where he plays this fall.
Dorsey's hiring in Cleveland has led to speculation that the GM will use one of his many draft picks to trade for Smith.
In comes Mahomes. The 22-year-old sat on the bench for the first 15 games of the season before getting the start in week 17 with the Chiefs being locked in with their playoff positioning.
Smith was the better quarterback in 2017, the 13th-year veteran's finest National Football League hour, and he'll surely be cheaper for Washington than re-signing Cousins, 30, who collected more than $44 million on the franchise tag over the past two seasons.
Kansas City really has no choice but to move on from Smith, who is set to make $20.6 million in 2018, but only $3.6 million of that is guaranteed. Cousins has played for both McVay and Shanahan and knows Bates would be a good fit for his skills. It comes by the way of Alex Smith.
Smith had a magnificent 2017, throwing for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns.