Chiefs Reportedly Trade Alex Smith, Mahomes Next in Line to Start

Grant SmithFeb 01, 2018

The Washington Redskins have sent a third-round pick and an unnamed player to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith.

The Jets are interested in acquiring Cousins if the price is right. Once Cousins signs with another team, the Redskins will receive a third round compensatory pick in 2019, and the team is now $52 million under the 2018 salary cap.

"The issue that you have here, I think, is that at some point this offseason, we may see a deal get done for Aaron Rodgers", Schefter recently said on KNBR.

But Joe Banner, a former executive for the Eagles and Browns, wrote on Twitter that the Redskins weren't going to be able to keep Cousins and did what needed to be done by getting another capable quarterback.

Instead, the Browns could use the first pick on Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and use the fourth pick on cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama and take a quarterback, possibly Mike White of Western Kentucky, in a later round.

The Smith trade means Kirk Cousins, who had been linked to head coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers before the acquisition of Garoppolo, will likely hit free agency on March 14. By not accepting the Redskins' offers, Cousins bet on himself.

So which clubs are willing to pay Cousins?

Cousins may end up passing Smith, wherever he lands, but it did not seem like the market for the 33-year old was anything like this.

The 13-year veteran had 26 touchdown passes and only five interceptions.

Washington will feel set at quarterback moving forward, but it was at the expense of a young and impressive starter in Fuller, and a third-round selection that could have been valuable in another strong draft class.

If the Broncos wind up with one of these second-tier free-agent quarterbacks, they would then be expected to select a quarterback with their No. 5 overall draft pick.

Additionally, the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins could be in the mix.

When Bowles does complete his staff and if Bates is calling plays, Cousins endorses it. "He's about the ball and that's what matters to him". He has started to hire his own staff in Eliot Wolf as assistant GM, who worked with Dorsey in Green Bay, and Alonzo Highsmith, who also worked with Dorsey in Green Bay, as hired to the same position and will be calling the plays in 2018. "I wish I was in control of this thing".

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