The Kansas City Chiefs acquired cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round pick from the Redskins in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith late Tuesday night. This trade is a blockbuster in every sense of the word as the Redskins then agreed to to a four-year, $94 million extension with Smith that runs through 2022 and has $71 million in guaranteed money. This trade has major dynasty implications as it cements Smith as the starter next year in Washington, assures us the Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City is well underway and puts arguably the most talented quarterback into unrestricted free agency (Kirk Cousins) since Drew Brees left San Diego to sign in New Orleans a decade ago.
Let’s run through the players affected by this move.
Alex Smith, QB WAS
Smith was on borrowed time with the Chiefs ever since they traded up for Patrick Mahomes II in last year’s NFL Draft. Ironically, he had a career year with 4,042 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, just five interceptions and a quarterback rating of 104.7. Smith isn’t a gunslinger, as indicated by his career 6.91 yards per average completion but there’s something to be said for someone who hasn’t had a season with more than seven interceptions since 2011. There are a lot of teams in the NFL who would love to have a player like Smith who simply doesn’t turn over the ball at the helm of their respective offense and it seems Washington was squarely one of them.
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