Alex Smith traded to Washington, gets four-year extension

The stunning trade simultaneously marks the end of Kirk Cousins in Washington, and the emergence of Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.

Kahron Spearman

ESPN reports that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed in principle to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 3rd round selection. 

Smith also signed a four-year extension, averaging $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money. 

The move sets up free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins' departure from Washington and marks the official start of the Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City.

[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.

Bill Barnwell
Staff Writer, ESPN

Washington's move on Smith is interesting, considering they gave up the sort of player they needed - a young, starting corner in Fuller who they had on his rookie deal.

Cousins, however, will come out smelling like roses, or perhaps money-green ones. Regardless of what critics think about his skill set, he's going to become the highest paid player in the NFL, after signing one of many teams thirsty for a quality quarterback - and as ESPN's Bill Barnwell notes, getting one virtually free and clear, without giving up anything of note.