The Chiefs and Redskins pulled off quite a coup late last night when they completed a trade to send QB Alex Smith to Washington.
The Redskins agreed to send a third-round pick and a player to be named later today to KC in return for the veteran QB. They also signed him to an extension right away for 4 years worth 94 million dollars, 71 million of that is guaranteed money.
So the question becomes now, what happens to Kirk Cousins? Cousins had already been franchise tagged in the past and played anyway in hopes of getting that big contract one day. Now that the Redskins have made up their mind and seemingly saved money by signing Smith, it looks like Kirk will be moving on to a new team. But where?
Cousins will suddenly become the biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason by plenty of teams who need a really good QB. And make no mistake about it, Cousins is a really good quarterback. He may not have the big persona behind him, but he has the big numbers to back him up. Could a team like the Browns be in line to pay Cousins to be their new guy?
If you think about it, this trade really could change the whole dynamic of the draft now. It was reported that the Browns tried to trade for Alex Smith as well before losing out to Washington. If that is the case and they end up landing someone like Cousins, then the entire draft projection will have to be re-evaluated. Considering that Josh Rosen, the quarterback from UCLA is projected to be picked number 1 overall by the Browns at the moment.
Alex Smith is now a Redskins, but the real story here is that the dominoes will continue to fall.