The details of this great trade for the Chiefs are coming in, and it is being reported the Redskins will trade their 3rd round pick this year, and CB Kendall Fuller for QB Alex Smith. Andy Reid has managed to ship another QB he was done with to the Redskins.
Alex Smith will reportedly get a 4-year extension worth $94 million, with $71 million in guarentees. Kirk Cousins is a free agent after being tagged the last two seasons by the Redskins. They can let him walk and hope to collect a 3rd round compensatory pick in 2019.
Flash back to 2012. The Matt Cassel-led Chiefs went 2-14, with the worst offense in the NFL, and this was no fluke.
It was an exclamation mark on a time of sheer hopelessness for a lost organization, the end of a five-year stretch in which the team went 25-55.
The Chiefs are 53-27 the last five years. And despite the exasperating 1-4 playoff record in that span, it’s safe to say that the organization has stabilized and at least has a fine foundation to work from — even if there is no way to know when this playoff futility will ever end.
For most of the last five years, Kansas City’s most common debates have been Smith’s ability to play quarterback and the region’s need for a new KCI. There is more than a drop of irony in his departure having so little to do with his actual play.
Smith leaves the Chiefs better than he found them. He has treated the team and the city well, took more grief than he earned, and without exception handled himself with class and a good heart. That should not be dismissed, or diminished.
During an interview Tuesday on The Dan Patrick Show from the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the 14th-year pro seemed to scoff at the notion of being traded to Cleveland.
"I haven't even thought about that," Smith said with a laugh. "They've got nowhere to go but up. 1-31 over the last 2 years just sounds amazing."
Asked by Patrick if ideally he'd like to go to a contender, he admitted he would.
"You would love to go a place that, if that's the case, if you're going somewhere, yeah, you want to go somewhere you have a chance to have success,'' he said. "I feel that (way). Wouldn't you?
They have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Smith, who had one season left on his deal, and will pay him an average of roughly $23 million per season, with $70 million guaranteed over the life of the contract. That’s a nice chunk of change for a soon-to-be 34-year-old entering the twilight of his career. Interestingly enough, Washington balked at paying Cousins the same kind of money a year ago, even though he is now just 29 and had already proven himself in Jay Gruden's system.
The deal cannot be officially announced until the 2018 league begins March 14. ESPN reported the compensation back to Kansas City as a 2018 third-round draft pick and young cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Smith has been traded once before. After seven years playing for the San Francisco 49ers, the former No. 1 overall draft pick was traded to Kansas City before the 2013 season. Smith was a significantly more efficient passer in five seasons in Kansas City than he was in seven in San Francisco, and he’s made the playoffs four times in five years there.
Fuller is the player that made the trade for Alex Smith possible, according to Schefter. The Chiefs view Fuller as a bona fide starter, to go along with the third-round pick they're receiving.
As part of the agreement, the Redskins are giving Smith a four-year contract extension worth $94 million with a whopping $71 million in guarantees, sources told Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Smith's contract from the Chiefs was slated to expire at the end of the 2018 season.