The Washington Redskins have landed their 2018 starting quarterback in Alex Smith, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. The deal will become official on March 14th.
Landing Alex Smith means that the Kirk Cousins era is done, which could potentially mean that we all see Cousins land with the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, or the Cleveland Browns.
Kirk Cousins is set to hit the open market on March 14th of this year. Cousins has one franchise tag remaining, but I doubt the Redskins would want to dump $34MM on Captain Kirk, as that is the price if he his tagged and reason why they traded for Alex Smith.
Kansas City are receiving a third-round pick and a player to be named (name will release tomorrow), according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Now, with Alex Smith heading to Washington, the Patrick Mahomes show begins in Kansas City.
Alex Smith had a nice run with the Chiefs by posting a regular season record of 50-26 in 76 games (started all) with the Chiefs. In those five years with the Chiefs, he made the Pro-Bowl three times and threw for 17,608 yards (1,587 passes completed). He threw 102 touchdowns and completed 1,587 passes out of 2,436 attempts for an impressive 65.1 pass completion percentage.
In addition, the former number one overall pick back in the 2005 NFL Draft had a successful 2017 season by finally tossing for over 4,000 yards in a season (4,042) and completing 67.5 percent of his passes, which was the third highest in the league behind Drew Brees (72.0) and Case Keenum (67.6). He threw 26 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Furthermore, Alex Smith is good at extending plays with his legs, which is why he is a weapon for offensive coordinators and puts a yellow circle around him in the opposition’s defensive group meetings before game day. He picked up 1,672 yards with his legs for 10 scores in five years with the Chiefs.
Interestingly, Alex Smith led the league in adjusted yards gained per pass attempt (8.6), quarterback rating of 104.7, and in interception percentage (1.0), which is percentage of times intercepted when attempting to pass.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 quarterback out of 40 qualifying players.
About Alex Smith’s contract, Smith is in the fourth year of his five-year, $76 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $10.8 million for the 2017 season.
Lastly, after reports of the trade, Alex Smith and the Washington Redskins agree to a four-year deal, plus the one remaining on his previous deal that would keep him in the nation’s capital for the next five years. The new deal will pay Smith $23.5MM annually and features $70MM in guarantees, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.
Note: According to OverTheCap.com, with the Chiefs trading Alex Smith, it will free up $17MM of available cap space while creating $3.5MM in dead money.
Second Note: Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns tried to trade for Smith before the Chiefs reached an agreement with the Redskins.