Alex Smith to Redskins: Trade Reaction
The Washington Redskins made a major trade with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, acquiring veteran quarterback Alex Smith from the Chiefs, according to ESPN and the Kansas City Star. The deal will not be finalized until March 14th, when the new league year kicks off.
In return, the Chiefs are getting a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Fuller was drafted in the third round of the 2016 draft out of Virginia Tech.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Smith will sign a four-year extension with the Redskins that will pay him up to $23.5 million per year with 71 million in guaranteed money.
This trade means that the Kirk Cousins era is over in D.C. During his time with the Redskins, Cousins put up stellar numbers that warrants a max contract from one of the other teams in the NFL. Cousins threw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. Cousins also led the Redskins to an NFC East division title in 2015 and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2016.
It’s going to be interesting going forward to see what team will sign Cousins. Whatever team that decides to sign him will have to pay a heavy price for his services.