The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a blockbuster trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the nation's capital in exchange for a draft pick and a player. ESPN reported Smith, a 12-year vet who will 34 years old in May, will be signed to a four-year contract extension, tying Smith to Washington through the 2022 season.
Cousins, drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round out of Michigan State in 2012 - the same year they traded up to Griffin with the No 2 pick - likely leaves Washington with the fourth-most passing yards in franchise history, more than 16,000. This was the second-most by any quarterback (min. 400 pass attempts) this past decade. Hill's ability made Smith's elite short passing accuracy suddenly a weapon, while his long speed also allowed Smith to become one of the more comfortable looking deep passers in the National Football League over the last few years.
It likely won't make sense for the franchise in regards to pending free agent Kirk Cousins, either, who has stressed his desire to play for a victor. It felt like a hefty price tag at the time, but Smith paid major dividends for a franchise that won multiple division titles with him at quarterback. In fantasy terms this bears out as well. Since then, the team largely found its quarterbacks through free agency, not through the draft. In Gruden's final season as offensive coordinator (2013, with Cincinnati) Andy Dalton finished third at the position in fantasy points per game.
Fuller joins a Kansas City defense that ranked just 29th against the pass (247.0) but was top 10 in interceptions (10). If you think the number nine or ten spot in a quarterback-rich draft is too low to garner any genuine interest, remember that the Chiefs paid a hefty bounty past year to move up to a similar spot to select Mahomes.
The key to making the deal from Washington's view is Smith, whose contract expires after 2018, has agreed to a four-year contract extension. That now puts the running back position in play for the Redskins, as Smith's best years have come with elite backs in the backfield behind him. He was our highest-graded quarterback in the preseason. He threw for at least 4,000 yards in each, while totaling 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
As for Cleveland's interest in Smith, the quarterback didn't seem particularly open to joining the Browns.
As it stands, I now have both Smith and Mahomes ranked as mid to low-end QB2s. But Cousins didn't either, and that's why Washington grew impatient with a passer who had some great regular-season moments but failed to deliver in the clutch late in seasons.