Last Updated: 2018-01-31
Officially, the NFL offseason has not begun. Unofficially, one of the biggest moves of the free agency period has already happened. Quarterback Alex Smith is leaving the Kansas City Chiefs for the Washington Redskins.Reportedly, the Chiefs will receive a second-round pick from the Redskins. Furthermore, the move means the Redskins are done with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and he’s free to find a new organization to lead.
Smith is coming off of a career year with the Chiefs. He finished with 26 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also completed 67.5 percent of his pass attempts last season. However, Smith only helped lead the Chiefs to a (10-6) record in 2017. Furthermore, he and the Chiefs fell off the map in the Wild Card round of the postseason. Smith’s days were numbered, but another flameout in a home playoff game made the veteran quarterback expendable immediately. The Redskins and Smith agreed to a four-year deal.
The writing was on the wall when the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes started the last game of the regular season and played fairly well against the Denver Broncos. He also displayed a lot of talent during the preseason and progressed nicely throughout the regular season. Due to Mahomes impending emergence, several teams were intrigued by the prospects of acquiring Smith via trade.
The Redskins finished with a (7-9) record and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Meanwhile, Smith made the led the Chiefs to the playoffs in 4 of the last 5 seasons. However, he only won a single playoff game in 2015. Maybe, the Redskins can have more postseason success with Smith at the helm.
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