Redskins reach deal to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from Chiefs

Smith was traded by Andy Reid and the Chiefs in exchange for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft just after the quarterback had an awesome season in Kansas City.

Most recently, in 2017, he set career-highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7), The Star reports. Expect Smith's arrival to slow Doctson's ascent in the wide receiver rankings, though it could result in Jamison Crowder, whose average depth of target was 6.9 yards, enjoying a boost in numbers. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins are expected to sign Smith to a four-year extension when the trade is complete.

The Redskins couldn't get a long-term deal done with Kirk Cousins for years and were exhausted of the 1-year deals, so they chose to find a QB that would sign one.

The Redskins also hold the 13th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the Chiefs, they clear up $17 million in cap space and clear the way for Patrick Mahomes to be their starting quarterback in 2018.

The Chiefs traded for Alex Smith five years ago and it cost them two second round picks. The franchise traded up in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech, which started the writing.

The deal likely signals the end of quarterback Kirk Cousins' time in Washington. The more logical idea is that a quarterback will be drafted this year and will learn under Smith for the next few years. If Washington franchise tags him for the third consecutive year, that would prevent Cousins from becoming a free agent. Last week, MMQB.com's Peter King even went as far as to guess Smith would ultimately become a Brown. Moreover, Smith certainly appears to be on a trajectory similar to other excellent quarterbacks who've played some of their best football into their late 30s.

The 29-year-old quarterback also responded to comments made last week by former general manager Scot McCloughan, who told a Denver radio program, "He's a good player".

  • Julie Sanders