Report: Redskins land QB Alex Smith in trade with Chiefs
The Washington Redskins have traded for a longtime starting quarterback in the NFL.
According to multiple reports, the Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs reached an agreement Tuesday night to send Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to Washington.
The Kansas City Star first reported the trade.
Smith, 33, and the Redskins also have agreed to a new four-year contract extension worth $94 million with $71 million guaranteed, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Smith had one year left on his contract and is now tied to the team for the next five seasons. Rapoport reported the multi-year deal was “part of the deal getting done.”
The deal is reportedly expected to be finalized Wednesday, though the trade can’t be completed until March 14 when the new league year begins.
In exchange for Smith, the Redskins will send a 2018 third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs, according to reports.
Fuller initially wrote in reaction on Twitter by saying he hadn’t been traded before later conceding that it was true.
Schefter reported that at least six other teams also expressed interest in Smith.
Smith, who has spent the past five seasons as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, set career highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7), while also throwing just five interceptions this past season.
He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers – who took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Utah – before trading him to the Chiefs for a second-round pick and conditional pick after the 2012 season.
Smith has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, as well as during the 2013 season. He's also reached the playoffs five times in his career, including four of the last five seasons.
Smith now appears slated to replace current Redskins starter Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Cousins and the Redskins have failed to reach a long-term deal the past two offseasons, and it’s been speculated that a deal would not be reached again this offseason.
For the last two seasons, Cousins has played on the franchise tag. If the Redskins opted to franchise tag him for a third straight year this offseason, he would have cost the team $34.5 million. He now likely will become a free agent without any restrictions.
Cousins spent the past three seasons as the Redskins’ full-time starter after sitting on the bench behind Robert Griffin III for most of his first three seasons. The Redskins drafted Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft after selecting Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick earlier in the same draft.
This past season, Cousins threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as the Redskins went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
Cousins made the Pro Bowl after the 2016 season.
Cousins will turn 30 on Aug. 19; Smith will turn 34 on May 7.
Cousins already had been linked to a number of teams, which include the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars, among others.
Patrick Mahomes, who the Chiefs selected with the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft, now appears to be Kansas City’s new starting quarterback with Smith now out.
After reports about the trade came out, Griffin said on Twitter that he would be criticized, even though he has nothing to do with the trade and spent the past season out of the NFL.