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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Well we know now that the Kansas City Chiefs intend to part ways with Alex Smith. Kansas City’s front office decided that moving on from Smith immediately was the best course of action for their team. With second year quarterback Patrick Mahomes waiting in the stable there was no sense is letting Alex Smith’s situation play out any longer. Ultimately that compelled the Chiefs to trade Smith for a 3rd round pick plus Kendall Fuller. The draft pick will help Andy Reid’s team improve in the Spring and Kendall Fuller will immediately be an upgrade in the team’s secondary over Terrance Mitchell, Steven Nelson or Phillip Gaines. On the Redskins end of the deal, Washington gets their franchise QB who is playing some of his best football ever. Smith led the entire NFL with a 104.7 passer rating and it was the right time to bring him in to lead Jay Gruden’s ball club. The Redskins will now have a reliable signal caller who can raise the bar for their franchise. From there it’s about adding a pass catcher who can go over the 1,000 yard mark because Jamison Crowder was the closest to achieving that feat and he only had 789 yards this past year. With Terrelle Pryor underachieving during his time in the nation’s capital don’t expect him to be back on the roster either and Daniel Snyder has to find someone who can bring more to the table as far as catching the football goes. Landing Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry, or Sammy Watkins would certainly be a huge boost for the passing game and would blend nicely with the addition of Smith. The other big factor in this trade is how it affects Kirk Cousins. We know now that Cousins will hit the open market so it’s clear the rift between the Redskins / Cousins was real and ultimately caused contract negotiations to breakdown. Cousins will have the opportunity to sign with any organization he wants but the front-runners should be the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
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