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Chiefs fans donate to Alex Smith's foundation as a thank you | Sports Illustrated

Continuing one of the best fan trends we've seen in years, Chiefs fans are thanking Alex Smith for his tenure in Kansas City by donating to the recently traded quarterback's foundation.

Winners, losers of the Alex Smith trade: Kirk Cousins benefits | NFL.com

The Redskins did not overpay to acquire Smith. The cost in trade compensation and the subsequent contract extension Washington agreed to for Smith is not surprising or out of line with market value. There were essentially two franchise quarterbacks available this offseason -- Cousins and Smith -- and at least seven teams looking to acquire one. Washington locked one of those quarterbacks down without coughing up an exorbitant price. In case this wasn't obvious, quality starting quarterbacks cost a lot, and I believe they are still underpaid.

Alex Smith Trade Starts a Domino Effect for N.F.L. Quarterbacks | The New York Times

Where things get truly interesting is what happens to Cousins, Case Keenum and any other quarterback who ends up entering free agency. The list of teams that believe they are a quarterback away from being regular contenders includes Minnesota, Denver, Arizona and Buffalo. Cleveland and the Jets will most likely be in the market for a free-agent quarterback as well.

College Sports: Scruggs: Why I expect Patrick Mahomes to become a Pro Bowl QB in Kansas City | Dallas News

I think Mahomes has the ability to be good and he has darn good offensive weapons in wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Rookie of the Year running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.

New Chiefs starting QB Mahomes shows up at Super Bowl | The Kansas City Star

“I know a ton’s been said over social media and things like that,” Mahomes said coolly, clad in a light-blue T-shirt. “But for me, all I can do right now is just work as hard as I can if any opportunity comes.”

Oh, it’s coming.

Chiefs' Kareem Hunt talks up Patrick Mahomes after Alex Smith trade | Sporting News

Kareem Hunt says he was “shocked” when he found out about Alex Smith getting traded to Washington. Nevertheless, the Chiefs running back is fully confident in what Patrick Mahomes brings as the presumptive starting quarterback in Kansas City next season.