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Alex Smith finds new home with the Redskins

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

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NFL fans might have been dormant on any news because they were waiting until Super Bowl Sunday, but they’re awake now. In a surprise move Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs traded away Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for a 2018 third round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

The Chiefs saved $17 million by trading Smith, and ended up with a draft pick and a good secondary player who can play on the outside or in the slot, which they desperately needed, considering they gave up the fourth most passing yards in the NFL last season. Also, they didn’t necessarily need Alex Smith, because they have young Patrick Mahomes II waiting in the wing to eventually become their starting QB.

Immediately after the trade, the Redskins and Smith agreed on a four year, $94 million dollar contract extension. This is a questionable move, considering the fact that Smith is 33 years old and isn’t worth $23.5 million a year.

What does this mean for the ‘Skins incumbent quarterback, Kirk Cousins? The 29 year old is set to become a free agent, and this move all but guarantees that he won’t be back in D.C. next season. Cousins has multiple suitors, including the Broncos and the Jets.

The Redskins don’t necessarily have to be complacent with Smith at quarterback. They can still be aggressive and try drafting one with their first round pick. They could possibly go for Wyoming star Josh Allen at #13. Is that the best course of action? No, probably not, the Redskins could instead address their defense through the draft again, because it’s not very good.

Looking at the overall result of this trade, The Chiefs ended up with a steal, and the Redskins now have questions to answer about how they are going to approach free agency and the draft now that they’ve addressed the quarterback position. It’s definitely something that will keep NFL fans talking until the Super Bowl.

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