Cleveland Browns: Impacts of the Alex Smith trade

Clyde Nash
February 1, 2018

Kansas City has traded quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.

Tuesday night the National Football League was rocked with the bombshell news that the Kansas City Chiefs are sending quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

The Washington Redskins gave up on quarterback Kirk Cousins - and did so at a steep price. League rules mandate that the trade can not be made official until March 14. He achieved career highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26), and a league-best passer rating of 104.7. He had one year remaining on his contract with a salary cap charge of $20.6 million.

Smith holds a 3-4 record against the Eagles in seven career appearances - though one of those appearances came in Smith's rookie season in 2005 when he appeared late in a 42-3 Eagles blowout and threw one pass - and completed 62.1 percent of his passes.

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Quarterback Alex Smith made the Pro Bowl with Kansas City in 2017.

The deal clears both the path forward to Mahomes as the club's new franchise quarterback as well as valuable cap space off the books for Kansas City.

As awesome as it would be for the Denver Broncos to pursue and potentially even be the favorites to sign Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, there are significant hurdles in the way yet. But it's unclear if they can make an enticing pitch given overall average talent, plus the fact that their best player, tailback LeSean McCoy, will be 30 before opening day.

You have to wonder whether Smith's desire to go to a Super Bowl-ready (or at least playoff-ready) team was a factor in the Chiefs' decision to not send him to Cleveland. The move could have an impact on the 2018 NFL Draft plans for the Indianapolis Colts.

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The offseason will play out, but at this point, the Browns are looking at perhaps adding a Bengals backup, paying a king's ransom for Cousins, pursuing other less than stalwart players, hoping for a surprise or going young with a draft pick and DeShone Kizer.

There is still no word, however, on whether or not Browns general manager John Dorsey went home at 5 p.m. and missed out on trading for a quarterback that he worked with while in Kansas City.

This year's class of draft prospects includes no less than four quarterbacks who are considered first-rounders. They previous year traded up in the first round to draft Patrick Mahomes II, who looked ready to become a regular in the one game he started this season. The Redskins didn't want to sign Cousins, feeling it would prevent them from keeping important pieces or finding other parts.

In 2017, playing on his second franchise tag with the Redskins, Cousins earned about $23.9 million. One of those people was Fuller's now former teammate with Washington, Niles Paul.

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