Alex Smith is on the move after the best season of his career.
Alex Smith has been busy this week. The quarterback is at the Super Bowl this week, and has been making the media rounds.
He had a particularly interesting interview discussing the many coaches he's played for on the Rich Eisen Show. He also more or less admitted that he doesn't want to be a Cleveland Brown.
That's no longer a concern for Smith. According to reports, he's been traded.
Smith will take over as the likely starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star broke the big news.
"Quarterback Alex Smith has a new home, as sources tell The Star that the Chiefs have reached agreement to trade their veteran starter of the last five seasons to Washington."
The Chiefs were expected to part ways with Smith. He had a $20 million cap hit for the franchise next season, if it kept him. The team has also invested in Patrick Mahomes, after trading up to take him No. 10 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. It looks like he'll probably get a shot to start next season now.
As for Washington, it didn't waste much time in inking Smith to a long-term deal. From Adam Schefter:
It is very interesting that the team will invest longterm in Smith after balking at that possibility with Cousins, as Schefter notes. Of course, Smith probably comes at a smaller price tag.
Schefter also reports that the asking price as of this morning was a second-rounder. It is not yet known if that is what Kansas City received.
Kansas City is expected to receive a second-round pick from Washington for Alex Smith and possibly more, per source. But a second-round pick was the price as of this morning, before trade between KC and Washington finalized.
It will also be interesting to see what the later years look like for Smith. If he doesn't have much guaranteed money in the back-end, Washington could be a candidate to take a quarterback in this year's draft.
Smith made his third Pro Bowl this season. It was also likely his best year as a pro.
He completed 67.5-percent of his throws for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 15 games. Mahomes played in the final game of the year, leading Kansas City to a win over the Denver Broncos.
It isn't every day that a high-level starting NFL quarterback gets traded. The Smith situation was a bit out of the norm, but it is still a significant move between two teams with playoff aspirations.
Update: Ian Rapoport has further details on the trade. The Chiefs will receive a third round pick and player to be named later.
Considering it seemed very likely that Smith was going to be cut by the Chiefs, this seems like a really nice return for them. Washington has the No. 78 overall pick in the third round.