The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, the Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor reports.
The deal can’t be officially completed until March 14, according to the report.
NFL Network has confirmed the Star’s report.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018
Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter report that Washington is sending Kansas City a third-round pick in exchange for Smith. ESPN’s Field Yates reports that cornerback Kendall Fuller is also being sent to Kansas City.
Schefter also reports that Washington has not had any contact with Cousins since the end of the season and that Smith and the Redskins have already agreed to a long-term deal.
QB Alex Smith and Washington now have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract extension, per sources. Smith, who had one year left on his contact, tied to Washington for next five seasons. Smith gets long-term deal from Washington that Cousins could not.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2018
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on the terms of the deal.
On the agreement in principle. Alex Smith will average $23.5 million per year in new money on the extension and $70 million in guarantees. Nobody will be able to review that contract for awhile because officially there is no contract. https://t.co/kY9DTZH2RT
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 31, 2018
Smith is coming off a year with career highs in passing yards (4,042) and touchdowns (26). But the Chiefs drafted their apparent quarterback of the future in Patrick Mahomes, whom they traded up to select with the 10th pick in the 2017 draft.
Washington, meanwhile has been in a state of limbo with six-year veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins, with whom the team has not been able to work out a long-term deal. The team has signed Cousins to a one-year franchise tag contract for each of the last two seasons.
The stunning move has garnered attention from current and former Redskins players on Twitter.
Cornerback Josh Norman:
— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) January 31, 2018
Running back Chris Thompson:
Former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III:
Some how…Some way…they will blame this on me. No doubt ♂️
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 31, 2018
The best reaction to the deal probably belonged to Fuller, who pulled out the Homer Simpson meme:
Me on Twitter after tweeting all that then finding out i got traded! pic.twitter.com/YHhCzzcsZj
— Kendall Fuller (@KeFu11er) January 31, 2018
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