The expected offseason drama surrounding Kirk Cousins just hit a major plot twist.
The deal comes as a bit of a stunner for Washington fans, as Cousins’ fate now seems sealed. What remains to be seen is where Cousins will wind up, and wether Washington considers Smith, who will be 34 next season, a long-term option or a stopgap to start for a year or two and to help groom someone like Baker Mayfield.
The move is far less surprising for Kansas City than for the Redskins, as the Chiefs seemed to believe they had found their starter for the future in Patrick Mahomes. The trade will also save the Chiefs $17 million once it becomes official.
Smith made three Pro Bowls in his five years in Kansas City, and surpassed 4,000 yards for the first time in his career this past season.
Keep watching Hogs Haven, as we’ll be sure to have a lot more coverage as this story develops.
More details to come in this development.
Tune in as The Audible goes live to the news:
One sidenote: Kansas City and Washington cannot officially complete the Alex Smith trade until the first day of the league year, March 14. But it is agreed to.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2018
Kansas City is expected to receive a second-round pick from Washington for Alex Smith and possibly more, per source. But a second-round pick was the price as of this morning, before trade between KC and Washington finalized.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2018
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
There is an agreement in principle for Alex Smith to go to the #Redskins. The deal will be finalized tomorrow. This means Kirk Cousins will be a free agent. Mega-deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018