The Alex Smith era has come to an end for the Kansas City Chiefs after the team worked up a trade with the Washington Redskins. The move makes clear that quarterback Kirk Cousins will not be retained by Washington after their numerous attempts to extend his contract.
QB Alex Smith and Redskins agree to a new four-year contract extension. Smith had one year left on his contact, so he’s in Washington for next five seasons. RETWEET to welcome Alex Smith to DC pic.twitter.com/RUdBNkMLZy
— Redskins SPORTalk (@SPORTalkSkins) January 31, 2018
Reports are that Smith has signed a 4-year contract extension that is worth up to $23.5 million a year with $71 million guaranteed.
The Redskins will send a third-round pick to the and cornerback Kendall Fuller back to the Chiefs. Fuller is coming off an outstanding 2017 season and should do well in the Chiefs’ secondary.
Smith finished the 2017 season throwing for 4,202 yards, 26 touchdowns, and a 104.7 rating- all career highs in a season. He also manages to keep his turnovers low during the season with 5 interceptions and one fumble.
Cousins will be the storyline going forward and is sure to draw interested from plenty of teams around the league. If he was franchised yet again by the Redskins, they would have had to pay him $34.5 million for the 2018 season. A transition tag would have cost the team $28.8 million.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, will enter the Patrick Mahomes II era in Kansas City.