Could this be the end of the Kirk Cousins era in Washington D.C.?
Ian Rapoport, National Insider for NFL Network, was the first to report that QB Alex Smith of the Kansas City Cheifs has been traded to the Washington Redskins.
There is an agreement in principle for Alex Smith to go to the #Redskins. The deal will be finalized tomorrow. This means Kirk Cousins will be a free agent. Mega-deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018
Sources say that Smith, a 13-year veteran, was traded for a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as well as another Redskins player, who has yet to be named. Smith is reported to have been offered $71 million over the course of the next 5 years (as he has one year left remaining within his Kansas City contract)
The #Redskins gave QB Alex Smith a 4-year extension worth $94M, source said. He gets a whopping $71M in guarantees.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018
For the past 5 seasons, Smith led Kansas City to a 50-26 record, completing 65% of his passes and 4 playoff appearances. Prior, he spent 7 seasons with the San Francisco '49ers.
So what does this mean for #8, Kirk Cousins? Cousins will be a free agent this year, meaning his contract with the Redskins has expired and he is now available to any NFL team. If he does not renew with Washington, reoccurring possibilities for the Redskins' 4th leading passer include the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
Kirk Cousins will likely finish his career with the 4th-most passing yards in Redskins history pic.twitter.com/0GkP6uPtcB— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 31, 2018
While Cousins decides what team he will land on for the 2018 season, here is what Skins fans expect come September.