The first groundbreaking deal of the off-season is already in place, and the new league year has not even started yet. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins have come to terms on a deal for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the deal includes both picks and a player, most likely from both sides. Additional trade details were provided by NFL insider Adam Schefter. Although it is only January, and the landscape of the NFL has already experienced a major shift for the 2018 season.
Kansas City Chiefs Agree to Trade Alex Smith to Washington Redskins
It is a bit early to for trades to already go down, so right now all we ha]ve is the terms being agreed to. So, of course, nothing is set in stone. But rarely do trade deals get this far and then proceed to fall apart in the final stages. So, let’s examine what this means for both teams.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, it is clear that they are pushing the chips to the center of the table. Patrick Mahomes II, barring something absolutely earth-shattering, will be the starter for 2018 (and likely beyond). The gunslinging Mahomes, who had likely the strongest arm of the 2017 NFL Draft class, must be thrilled. He now gets to showcase his arm strength and athletic ability more fully under Andy Reid.
For the Redskins, this almost certainly means that they are moving on from 2017 starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins is, by a wide margin, the hottest free agent of the year. Though his team went a disappointing 7-9 in 2017, Cousins put up impressive, franchise quarterback-style numbers. Likely destinations for Kirk Cousins now include Cleveland, Denver, and Jacksonville.
Additional news broke minutes later that the Redskins and Smith have already agreed to a four-year contract extension for the quarterback. Once again, reporter Adam Schefter provided details.