A huge move has been in the quarterback market in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. First reported by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to trade Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. It has been reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport that the trade involves a third-round pick and a player to be named going to the Chiefs in return for Smith.
Trading Smith Gives Flexibility
Trading the 33 year-old veteran now frees up $17 million chunk in cap space for the Chiefs heading into the offseason. This also spells the begging of the Patrick Mahomes era. Making this blockbuster move has now sent Smith to his third team after being displaced by a passer on the rise. The first came after Colin Kaeperknick’s amazing campaign in 2012 in which the 49ers subsequently parted ways with Alex.
New Home For Cousins?
Perhaps the most interesting piece of this trade, is the future of quarterback Kirk Cousins. This almost certainly spells the end of an era for Cousins in Washington. Cousins has played under the franchise tag for the last two seasons, and this trade should give him the ability to test the open market. He will likely transition right into a team that can compete right off the bat.
It’s worth noting that this deal cannot be completed until March 15th. Nevertheless, this is a big time move for both franchises that will be exciting to watch unfold next season.