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Too bad it's not Josh Norman. Oh well, Kendall is young, hopefully it works out well.
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Winners, losers and fallout from Washington's trade for Alex Smith






















Plenty of people figured that the Chiefs were going to trade Alex Smith this offseason to free up their starting job for 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes. They were half-right. The Chiefs didn't wait for the offseason to make their move, agreeing to a deal Tuesday night to deal Smith to Washington for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Washington's stunning trade for a new quarterback should reverberate around the league; a half-dozen teams that weren't involved with the deal suddenly saw their offseason plans change or come into focus. The deal (and Smith's subsequent extension) obviously suggest that Washington will be moving on from incumbent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will hit unrestricted free agency.
Let's break down the winners and losers from this swap, both now and in the offseason to come:
Winner: Alex Smith

There's a huge difference between being a veteran quarterback in free agency and a veteran quarterback on the trade market. As a free agent, Smith would have had plenty of options and could have made a move in the division to the Broncos, who likely would have been the best landing spot for a veteran quarterback given their defense.
Coach Andy Reid wasn't afraid to trade a quarterback inside his own division in the past when he dealt Donovan McNabb to Washington when he was with Philadelphia, but Smith is a much better player at this point of his career than McNabb was back in 2010. The year remaining on his contract left Smith with no leverage in these trade talks, which totally changes the way we have to view his options. It wouldn't have been crazy for the Chiefs to ship Smith to the Browns, where he would have been joining a terrible team and likely serving as a bridge to whomever Cleveland takes with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft.


Through that prism, Washington is a solid landing spot for Smith. He'll be behind an above-average offensive line with a bevy of useful options at receiver. You can already picture Smith falling in love with Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson when they're back on the field in 2018. Jay Gruden works out of a West Coast scheme that shares plenty of underlying principles with what Reid uses in his passing game; the common link between the two, of course, is Jon Gruden.
Instead of serving as a one-year rental before hitting free agency, Smith also gets a four-year extension to stick around in Washington. We don't have specifics on the deal yet, but the former first overall pick is in line to reportedly take home $94 million, with $71 million in guarantees, though the deal can't become official until after the new league year begins on March 14. The word "guarantees" doesn't mean anything unless it's prefaced by "fully" or followed by "at signing," so take that number with a grain of salt. Unless the entire extension is triggered by an option after the 2018 season, Smith is going to be priced in as Washington's starting quarterback through the end of the 2019 season and possibly into 2020. This trade ensures his professional future on a competitive team.
Washington has acquired Alex Smith, which means Kirk Cousins is on his way out. What comes next makes the 2018 offseason the most interesting period in recent seasons. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel Loser: Washington

This isn't for acquiring Smith, who was actually better than Cousins this season and was the second-best quarterback who was going to come available this offseason. Washington couldn't have expected one of the better quarterback prospects in this year's draft to fall to it at No. 13, and it would be self-destructive to make another trade up to the top of the first round after failing with the Robert Griffin III trade in 2012. Given the mess the team made, Smith was a nifty acquisition.
You shouldn't congratulate a company for doing a great job of cleaning up its own toxic waste spill, though, and I can't sit here and pat Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen on the back. As someone who doubted Cousins for several years, I can't fault Washington for being skeptical of Cousins after his breakout 2015 season and slapping him with the franchise tag heading into 2016.






Everything afterward, though? Yeah, that's on Washington. The public missteps the organization made during 2016 were one thing, but the dismal offer the franchise made to Cousins last summer -- which was followed by publicly throwing Cousins under the bus with distorted statistics surrounding the proposal -- was scarcely believable. Can you imagine any other team's executives calling their star quarterback by the wrong name?
Smith was the second-best quarterback likely to become available on the market after Cousins, but he's four years older and has two playoff wins in seven appearances. From this moment forward, he's also going to (unfairly) be the scapegoat for what Washington did wrong with an understandably furious fan base. Smith is the just-as-good replacement you buy when your child loses his/her favorite toy. The sentimental attachment probably means more than the actual toy itself.
Trading for Smith and extending him eliminates the possibility of getting a serious return for Cousins. Washington would have been playing a dangerous game by franchising Cousins for a third season at $34.5 million, but it would have allowed Washington to field trade offers from teams that would have acquired Cousins and immediately offered him an extension to reduce his cap hold.
Instead, with Smith likely occupying $20 million in cap room, Washington will let Cousins hit unrestricted free agency this March. They would be in line to receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2019 draft, but that will happen only if Snyder sits out free agency and doesn't sign any players who will cancel out the Cousins comp pick. Doing that would require levels of patience and forward thinking this organization simply hasn't shown.
Incomplete: The Chiefs

It's too early to judge this trade for the Chiefs, given that it really serves as part of the broader decision to trade up in last year's draft and acquire Mahomes with the 10th overall pick. Mahomes started for the Chiefs in Week 17 and looked alternately impressive and overmatched in a win over the Broncos. There were plays in which he looked like Aaron Rodgers and plays in which Mahomes resembled Blake Bortles, and it would be foolish to say it told us a ton about where Mahomes is likely to fall on the quarterback spectrum in 2018.
The Chiefs understandably have high hopes for Mahomes, who was reportedly the No. 1 player on their draft board. They also have a coach in Reid who has done an excellent job of developing quarterbacks and building schemes around their strengths. It's reasonable to believe Mahomes will be a fine option at quarterback, but this is swapping a low-ceiling/high-floor quarterback for a high-ceiling/low-floor option. There will likely be short-term growing pains even if Mahomes does grow into his role in time.
Fuller could figure as a bigger part of the trade than the third-round pick, which will be the 78th selection in this year's draft. The Virginia Tech product struggled as a rookie but emerged as an excellent slot cornerback in 2017 and still has two years left on his rookie deal at a combined cost of under $1.4 million. The Chiefs could very well try to push Fuller outside and see if he is able to lock down the wildly problematic cornerback spot across from Marcus Peters. The Chiefs will be delighted if Fuller can pull that off. If he just settles as a slot cornerback, though, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will be happy to have Fuller onboard.
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Kirk Cousins will hit the free-agent market with multiple suitors who can offer him the biggest deal in NFL history. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Winner: Kirk Cousins

Once Washington failed to make Cousins a serious offer this past summer, it was clear that the franchise wasn't ever going to pay him anything resembling Cousins' market value. It was time for the 29-year-old to move on, which would have been far tougher if Washington had slapped Cousins with either the transition or franchise tag. Any team looking to acquire Cousins now won't have to pony up a ton of cap space in Year 1, which would have been needed to scare Washington out of matching in the case of a transition tag. The freedom to make an offer with a huge signing bonus spread over several years opens opportunities for teams like the Dolphins to get involved with the bidding.
Cousins is about to become the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL, and the numbers are going to be staggering. This kind of opportunity -- the ability to acquire a franchise quarterback in his prime without having to give up a draft pick -- comes around once in a generation. The last guy who really came close was Drew Brees in 2006, and even then he was coming off of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder (which famously led the Dolphins to pass on Brees, pushing him to the Saints). Peyton Manning was 36 and coming off of multiple neck surgeries in 2012. Cousins isn't a Hall of Famer, but he's healthier than both those guys were. This simply does not happen.
2018 NFL DRAFT




Matthew Stafford reset the quarterback market this summer when he signed a five-year, $135 million extension that guaranteed him $60.5 million at signing and paid out $87 million over his first three years. The Lions also had Stafford under contract for another year and the ability to franchise him. Cousins has 100 percent of the leverage as a free agent. He'll be able to ask for anything he wants.
It wouldn't be shocking at all to see Cousins top $90 million over the first three years of his new deal, and he could take home $100 million in meaningful guarantees at signing. A $40 million signing bonus and guaranteed base salaries of $18 million in 2018, $20 million in 2019, and $22 million in 2020 gets Cousins to $100 million in three years. Cousins could sign a five-year, $150 million deal and still have another shot at a lucrative extension or free agency before turning 35.
Nobody is arguing that Cousins is a perfect quarterback, but teams without passers are going to take a risk over the next couple of seasons. Is any passer who is likely to come available a better risk than the guy who is sixth in passer rating and seventh in Total QBR over the past three years? Cousins is about to be the subject of one of the most heated bidding wars in league history.
Losers: The Falcons and Packers


The next two veteran quarterbacks in line for lucrative extensions are Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Rodgers has two years left on his deal, while Ryan is entering the final season of his contract. Both former MVPs are overdue to receive deals that reset their compensation with the guys at the top of the financial charts, a group that currently includes Stafford, Derek Carr and Andrew Luck.
Unfortunately for Atlanta and Green Bay, the negotiating parameters are about to change. Before, they were operating within a paradigm in which the highest-paid quarterback was Stafford. Now, it's going to be Cousins, and his deal is going to be a degree of magnitude larger than that of Stafford. Instead of negotiating from a position where the peak three-year value for a quarterback deal is $87 million, Ryan and Rodgers (and their agents) will be looking at something closer to $100 million over that same time frame. That's going to be extra money in their pockets. Don't be surprised to see the Falcons and Packers make renewed pushes to sign their quarterbacks before the Cousins deal lands.
Mike Zimmer and the Vikings have no quarterbacks on the roster signed for 2018. Could they join the chase for Kirk Cousins? Rich Schultz/Getty Images Winners: The Bills, Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Dolphins, Jets and Vikings

If you're a team with either a hole or a problematic veteran at quarterback now and no real path toward a new starter, congrats! One of you is almost assuredly going to end up pocketing a bona fide, above-average NFL quarterback for nothing more than money. That's a dream scenario, and every one of these teams woke up Wednesday morning imagining what their pitch to Cousins will be like over the next couple of months.
There's no perfect fit on this list. The Vikings are the furthest along on a football level and have plenty of cap space, but they have tons of talent to re-sign with players such as Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter approaching free agency next offseason. They would be making a tough choice to devote significant cap room toward a quarterback at the expense of several other positions on their roster over the years to come. It wouldn't necessarily be a wrong move, of course, but Minnesota just came within one game of the Super Bowl with a third-string quarterback no team wanted before the season. It might think about running this back with Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater at low-end starter money over the next couple of years.
Everyone has flaws. The Bills just ran Tyrod Taylor out of town and have middling weapons in a division with Tom Brady. Denver's defense is beginning to fall apart and its offensive line is a perennial disaster. The Browns, well, you know. The Cardinals are squeezed by the cap and in the middle of overhauling their offensive line. The Dolphins are Washington South in terms of franchise dysfunction. The Jets' best weapon (Robby Anderson) has had legal issues, and they just fired an offensive coordinator who made hay with a bunch of castoffs and Josh McCown at quarterback.
Barring some sort of wildly unexpected decision -- Brees, Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger leaving their respective teams this offseason -- Cousins will almost definitely be on one of these rosters come 2018. My first guess would be the Vikings, who might be the favorites to come out of the NFC next season by adding the former Michigan State star. With options and leverage, Cousins will be the one to decide whether he wants to optimize for the best shot of winning or the most money.
Loser: The Jaguars

Jacksonville would be among the favorites to sign Cousins, but the fifth-year option it handed out to Blake Bortles is creating more problems. Bortles underwent wrist surgery last week on an injury that has apparently been bothering him since December 2016, several months before the Jags locked up Bortles' fifth-year option for 2018.


It was a questionable decision at the time and is significantly more curious when you consider that the Jags knew Bortles' wrist was eventually going to require surgery. The former third overall pick's option was guaranteed only for injury, meaning that the Jaguars could get out of the contract unless Bortles suffered an injury that prevented him from passing a physical. A pre-existing condition like a wrist injury requiring surgery is exactly the sort of concern teams might have in offering a player his fifth-year option.
The Jaguars responded to the news by basically suggesting that they knew Bortles was going to be their starting quarterback in 2018, which would have been a foolish call at the time they made the decision and doesn't look all that much better now. Bortles improved on a dismal 2016 season, looked impressive late in the season, and then delivered a pair of useful postseason games against the Steelers and Patriots, but there also were stretches in which he looked like a totally useless appendage to the best defense in football.
The Jaguars might be in the Super Bowl right now if they had been starting Smith, who would have been a dream trade candidate for them. They would be the second-favorites in the AFC behind the Patriots if they were able to sign Cousins, who would have been a major upgrade on Bortles. Instead, the Jaguars seem committed to keeping Bortles and paying him $19.1 million in 2018. The organization has developed tunnel vision around its starter, and it might cap its peak while that dominant defense is still getting elite production from players such as Calais Campbell.
Case Keenum had a stellar 2017 season, and now he'll have multiple suitors as a free agent. But Kirk Cousins will likely be the top target by most quarterback-needy teams. Getty Images Loser: Case Keenum

Keenum was set to be the best veteran quarterback on the free-agent market and at least in line to take a franchise tag from the Vikings, which would have put $23.6 million on the table for a guy who had previously made about $7 million in his six-year career.
Now, the Vikings find themselves with a possible lead on Cousins, which would keep them from offering Keenum the franchise tag. Keenum will have to play second fiddle to Cousins in free agency and likely wait for the former Washington quarterback to make his decision before the losing teams in the Cousins sweepstakes swoop in for Keenum as a fallback plan. His calling card was going to be as the veteran quarterback who could hold his own now, and Cousins represents that and more. The coming rise in upper-echelon quarterback money from a Cousins contract isn't likely to trickle down to Keenum, either. The former Houston star could get squeezed after a big year that seemed to justify meaningful long-term money.
Winners: The Colts and Giants




There's a chance that the Browns, who had previously been expected to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick, could instead pivot and use some of their $111.6 million in cap space to outbid everyone for Cousins. Cleveland has what should be an above-average offensive line, a pair of useful young receivers in Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon, and a coach who was once a quarterback developer in Hue Jackson, although every one of those statements is subject to multiple "Well, buts." If the Browns sign Cousins and can use the first overall pick to draft Saquon Barkley, though? Suddenly, Cleveland's offense looks scary.
If the Browns sign Cousins and hold onto the first overall pick -- and they're probably done trading down for extra picks in the short term, if out of spite alone -- the Giants are suddenly in great shape with the second overall pick. They'll have their pick of the quarterbacks in the draft to develop behind Manning. Likewise, the Colts might be in better shape with the third overall pick, given that they likely won't be drafting a quarterback. They wouldn't be able to take Barkley and wouldn't be able to trade their pick to a team who falls in love with the guy the Giants select, but they would be in much better shape to ship this selection for multiple first-rounders if the draft doesn't start with quarterbacks at Nos. 1 and 2.
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Report: Smith to sign 4-year, $94M extension with Redskins

The Washington Redskins will sign quarterback Alex Smith to a four-year extension once their trade to acquire him from the Kansas City Chiefs is finalized, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Smith, who had one year left on his deal with the Chiefs, will reportedly be tied to the Redskins for five seasons in total.
He'll earn $23.5 million per season over the four-year extension, including about $70 million in guarantees, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
The 33-year-old is coming off his second consecutive Pro Bowl season after posting career highs in passing yards (4,042) and touchdowns (26) in 2017, while throwing only five interceptions. He made three Pro Bowls in five years with the Chiefs, but was never able to push Kansas City past the divisional round of the playoffs.
Smith provides the Redskins with stability at the most important position on the field after they failed repeatedly to strike a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins. Cousins is set to hit free agency in March after playing the last two years under the cloud of the franchise tag.
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I've always loved Alex... but this trade looks EPIC for us. STUD corner plus a 3rd rounder of this draft... LLOOOOOVVEEEE
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I liked when we picked him up, but honestly, he's not going to win us a Super Bowl. If you want a QB to get your to consistent winning seasons and most likely a playoff spot he's your guy.
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Too bad it's not Josh Norman. Oh well, Kendall is young, hopefully it works out well.
Kendall is better because he young and he's still on his rookie contract. Rated higher than Norman last year too. Veatch is a genius.
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to be fair, there's no "he'll get you to a super bowl" quarterbacks that aren't already locked into their respective franchises.
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to be fair, there's no "he'll get you to a super bowl" quarterbacks that aren't already locked into their respective franchises.
As a rule I agree... it's why I thought keeping Alex when so many were screaming not to in past seasons was our best bet.
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Redskins get fleeced by Chiefs in Alex Smith trade

Score one for Andy Reid, again.
On Tuesday night, the Kansas City Chiefs coach resolved his quarterback situation, created a nice chunk of salary cap space and beefed up his secondary with a promising building block after swinging a lopsided trade with a familiar partner, the Washington Redskins.

Kansas City agreed to send Alex Smith to Washington in exchange for promising cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick. By parting with Smith, the Chiefs save $17 million against the 2018 salary cap and cleared the path for Patrick Mahomes – the 10th overall pick of last year's draft – to take over as the starter.
Washington, meanwhile, did accomplish something with the trade. By acquiring a proven veteran in Smith, the Redskins now have positioned themselves to move on from Kirk Cousins after using the franchise tag to retain his serves in each of the last two seasons.

But it’s hard to classify this as a move that makes the Redskins better. Financially, they avoid having to potentially tag Cousins for a third straight year, which would have cost them more than $34 million for the 2018 season. Cousins wasn’t going to sign a long-term – and more cap-friendly – deal with Washington. He said all the right things publicly, but he and his camp had no desire to remain with the Redskins after Washington failed to present an agreeable offer the last two offseasons.


The two sides had yet to hold any negotiation discussions this offseason, and Cousins and his agent had no plans to do so. Washington’s only options would have been to 1) let him walk, 2) transition tag him so the team could have the right to match any offer Cousins received from other teams, or 3) use the franchise tag again.
The Redskins essentially are choosing the first option.
They have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Smith, who had one season left on his deal, and will pay him an average of roughly $23 million per season, with $70 million guaranteed over the life of the contract. That’s a nice chunk of change for a soon-to-be 34-year-old entering the twilight of his career. Interestingly enough, Washington balked at paying Cousins the same kind of money a year ago, even though he is now just 29 and had already proven himself in Jay Gruden's system.



But the Redskins found Cousins' production to be insufficient in red-zone and late-game situations, and that heightened reservations about paying him like one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
The Redskins feel better about Smith, although it’s unclear why. He is coming off of a career year, having completed 67.5% of his passes for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions while posting a 9-6 record as Kansas City's starter. But he lacks the arm strength and mentality to be a consistent downfield threat, and his age is a substantial concern. He has developed into a solid starter and has three Pro Bowl appearances, but his postseason record is just 2-5.
The Redskins, however, have no problem taking aging quarterbacks off Reid’s hands. In 2010, the then-Eagles coach traded a 33-year-old Donovan McNabb to Washington for a second-round pick. McNabb was past his prime and had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career (58.3% completion rate, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions) and got benched with three games left in the season. The Redskins traded him to the Vikings for a late-round draft pick.
Washington obviously wasn’t concerned about repeating history and now has hitched itself to Smith for the long term.
Acquiring Smith wasn’t the head-scratcher of a move. Giving him the extension was.
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Everyone seemed to know Kendall Fuller was traded to Chiefs ... except Kendall Fuller



When the Chiefs agreed to trade Alex Smith to Washington on Tuesday, a significant component of the return package was cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Nobody was more surprised to learn that than, well, Kendall Fuller.
After his name initially popped up as part of the haul the Chiefs would receive in exchange for Smith, Fuller took to Twitter to say he was not part of the deal.






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Nahh its not me.. I don’t thinkk

Lol im on here tryna find out just like yaa
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    Mannnnn im safe! I ain’t get traded
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    • “Nahh, it’s not me ... I don’t (think),” he said. “I’m on here (trying) to find out just like yaa.”
      He then added, “Mannnn, I’m safe! I ain’t get traded.”

      But he did. He just wasn’t the first to know. The Star’s Terez Paylor confirmed the Chiefs would receive Fuller, a 22-year-old cornerback, along with a 2018 third-round draft pick in exchange for Smith.
      According to reporter Grant Paulsen in Washington, Fuller told his teammates late Tuesday that he indeed had been traded — two hours after his name began circulating across social media.
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      Kendall Fuller is now telling his teammates that he is headed to the Chiefs in the Alex Smith deal. He was one of the last people to find out. #Redskins
      10:45 PM - Jan 30, 2018
      • Fuller was Washington’s third-round choice in 2016. While primarily operating out of the slot, he totaled 55 tackles and four interceptions in 2017.
        UPDATE: Fuller seems to have a sense of humor about it all. Here’s his reaction to learning he was part of the deal:


        He added, “On a more serious note I can’t wait to get to Kansas City! I’m excited to be a Chief!!”
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Jason Whitlock is ‘concerned’ that Alex Smith won’t live up to expectations in Washington











- Cowherd, do you think Alex Smith will be a success in Washington?

COLIN COWHERD: Yeah. He's been a success everywhere. And once again he gets an offensive guy. He's succeeded with Harball, he succeeded with Andy Reid, and he's going to succeed with Jay Gruden. You know what's happening in this league, if you notice this. The old guys are winning a lot. Why? Last four or five years, it's a no huddle league. So the guys walk into the line that have been in this league 8, 10, 12. Tom Brady said this last year. He said, I've seen everything.
If you're a young guy in this league, and you walk to that line with no huddles, it's a phone book of a playbook. These veteran guys, they all want to play longer because in the no huddle league, they have an advantage over all these young guys. I think he's going to go there and be very successful.
- I like your argumentative of his experience being valued in the NFL. Perhaps Tom Brady has opened people's minds. And Alex is a guy, to use the word, very buttoned up. Takes care of himself. Is all in on football. But I am concerned. I'm concerned because the Redskins don't have any wide receiving help. The Redskins running back position not nearly as strong as the Kansas City Chiefs with Kareem Hunt. Tight end, Jordan Reed, gets hurt a lot.

COLIN COWHERD: A lot.
- He's leaving Tyreek Hill, big play wide receiver. Travis Kelce, one of the best tight ends in football. Kareem Hunt revealed himself as one of the best running backs. Andy Reid a tremendous play caller. No shot at Jay Gruden, but he's not going to a situation with as many tools and weapons as he had in Kansas City. And the reaction in that Washington locker room to them trading Kendall Fuller and a third round pick. I think there's going to be a lot more pressure in Washington than perhaps he is anticipating.
- So you think the rest of the team is going to get mad at Alex Smith for being traded to the team? They're going to take it out on him?
- No, no. I don't think-- I don't think that at all. I think the expectations, again, when you give up that much to get someone, and he got paid. I think the expectations in that locker room are going to be, hey man, we just got a quarterback. We're going into the playoffs. We're a Super Bowl threat. I just think expectations and the lack of support around him could be a concern.
- I would think there'd be a lot of support for him, especially because now at least they have some clarity. Kirk Cousins is a franchise tagged twice, and also the defense should be thrilled because hopefully they don't have to play as much.
- Yeah. It will be a ton of support. I mean, defenses, they don't like when there's a turnover and they have to run right back out on the field when they just got a three and out. And the quarterback turns the ball over, and they have to shoot right back on out on the field. That doesn't give them an opportunity to rest. I agree with both of you guys. Alex Smith leaves the situation in Kansas City where he had Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce. And he goes to a team where, you know, guys are injury prone. You know, Jordan Reed doesn't have the receivers. But then also, like the fact in which you say Colin, you know, he's an older guy, older quarterback. He goes into a situation where it's similar to the West Coast system. You know, Jay Gruden studied under John, his brother. So things and concepts would be similar.
COLIN COWHERD: Yes.
- Gives him opportunity to go in right away, and make the team an instant success.
COLIN COWHERD: Remember Kirk Cousins had some highs, but man he laid some eggs. Kansas Cities four playoff losses were by 11 points. Alex doesn't eggs. Alex doesn't-- you get none of this with Alex. He is the opposite of Cam Newton. Physically, emotionally. I know, now has Alex got limitations? Let me just say this. Athletes are loyal to wins. Last six games for Kirk Cousins, 10 picks 8. 10 touchdowns, 8 picks. That's Kirk Cousins. Boom, boom, boom, boom. Alex is just this. It's a slow gradual build up. Players like that.
- The problem though Colin, is what I'm arguing is, you're right. Alex Smith is just this, but so are the Washington Redskins. Again, they don't have these dramatic ups. They have been having problems for decades, and again, that's why I keep wondering about-- will he be successful. Kirk Cousins, you know, had limited success. I think people think he's talented, but it's hard. Washington's organization hasn't been run that well. And again, they took weapons away from Kirk Cousins this season. And will they provide Alex Smith the necessary weapons to be successful in Washington. That's the question.
- I think this is an opportunity for the Washington Redskins to build around Kirk Cousins. I mean, not-- I'm sorry. Not Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith. I mean, if you look at what he can do and the things he's done. And how smart he is intellectually on the football field. He'll be able to bring concepts to Jay Gruden from things that he's seen, and it will help the team flourish. You need leaders like Alex Smith to help a team get better.
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His retirement is short lived: #Bears are expected to hire Brad Childress as an offensive consultant, source said. Nagy and Childress are very close, so it's not exactly a surprise.
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