Quarterback Alex Smith has a new home, as sources tell The Star that the Chiefs have reached agreement to trade their veteran starter of the last five seasons to Washington. In addition to the fact that Cousins and Smith both do not appear to want to be looking over their shoulders as their potential replacements are being brought in to the building.
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 trade won't be official until the beginning of the new league year, which is 3 p.m. on March 14.
In exchange, the Chiefs will receive a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller, who was named in the deal well after it was reported. The move likely spells the end of free agent Kirk Cousins' time in Washington while the Chiefs can now turn to 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes. Cousins would have earned $34 million guaranteed if franchised for a third straight year, but now he is in line for the long-term payday that he never received from the Redskins.
Washington gave Smith a new four-year, $94 million deal as part of the trade.
The Vikings are scheduled to have $53 million in cap space this offseason and some of that money is expected to be used to sign a few of their current players to lucrative extensions. If you think the number nine or ten spot in a quarterback-rich draft is too low to garner any genuine interest, remember that the Chiefs paid a hefty bounty a year ago to move up to a similar spot to select Mahomes.
Still, the Redskins were an impossible long-shot to re-sign Cousins and have found a reliable franchise passer in Smith, who finds himself in a much better position.
"So it's going to be awkward going into a huddle, like I said, with anybody but Alex, but I know Pat is ready for the opportunity", Kelce said.
Smith is no stranger to trades, as he joined the Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers for two second-round draft choices in 2013.
Now, Mahomes will get his opportunity to start.