Chiefs reportedly trading quarterback Alex Smith to Redskins

Alex Smith Chiefs

Alex Smith Chiefs

Smith has a cap hit of $20.6 million for 2018 so the Chiefs saved around $17 million by trading him, according to Paylor.

Smith spent the last five years as the Chiefs starting quarterback. In his five seasons since his last extension, Rodgers has started 64 of a possible 80 games - thanks to the two broken collarbones suffered four seasons apart - and thrown for over 16,800 yards along with 142 touchdowns and just 32 interceptions.

Drafting Kirk Cousins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft was a shocking decision made by the Washington Redskins. He threw for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Kansas City saves cap space and can turn to Mahomes, the 10th pick in last year's draft from Texas Tech, as its new starter.

Should Cousins land with a team like the Broncos or Jets, both of which now own top-10 selections in the 2018 draft, the dominoes will continue to fall, even for teams who already have franchise quarterbacks in place.

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The future and the Chiefs' next chapter began Tuesday for Patrick Mahomes II with the news of a deal that will send Alex Smith to Washington.

According to ESPN, Washington is sending a 2018 third-round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the trade, which can not be finalized until March 14. Jets, Schmets. The Denver Broncos are free to prowl for a quarterback named Kirk Cousins. Rumors say that Cousins could end up in NY as a Jet, as he reportedly spoke highly of new Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates earlier Tuesday, dropping the first hint of a possible union. Cousins will be the top free agent in this year's market. Well, we already know it means he's going to get paid a lot of money by some team in free agency.

Just two months later as the preseason was winding down, the Detroit Lions inked Matthew Stafford as the highest-paid player in National Football League history. The team's cheapest option to keep him for 2018 (aside from agreeing to a long term deal which was slowly becoming a non-option), would have been a $28.8 million franchise tag for 2018.

The Chiefs went into the 2017 draft intent on selecting Mahomes, a player they had scouted for multiple years.

"I love where I'm at right now", Smith said.

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