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An Open Letter to Alex Smith + What’s Next for KC and WAS

Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws passes to quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) on the sidelines during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kendall Fuller had an interesting evening. He went from denying him being traded, to potentially accepting it, to fully accepting it in a matter of a few hours. This series of tweets likely described everyone’s emotions surrounding all of the NFL drama on Tuesday. It started with this:

Then it progressed to this:

Then, this:

Finally, this:

All in the span of a few hours. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick and slot CB Kendall Fuller. None of this is official until the new league year begins on March 14, but it has been agreed to. One more tweet to give some background information about Fuller:

It seems as if Washington gave up a lot for Alex Smith, including money. Smith and the Redskins have agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension (with $71 million of it guaranteed). Smith’s new average annual value of his contract is sixth in the entire NFL. To say he got a healthy payday would be an understatement. The Redskins thought paying a 33-year-old quarterback for this season, then extending his contract for four more and adding plenty of money was a good idea, which we won’t be certain of until the next few seasons unfold.

What does it mean for Washington?

  • The Redskins have officially moved on from Kirk Cousins, whose ~$30 million per year asking price was too much for the front office to agree to.
  • Barring injury/a trade, Alex Smith will be the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins until he’s 38 years old. He will likely end his career a Redskin.
  • Washington will be without its stud young corner, Kendall Fuller. His film looked very good and he graded out as one of the best corners in the league last season, so the team will definitely miss him.
  • The third-round pick is not a huge loss but then again, Fuller was drafted in that same round.

What does it mean for Kansas City?

  • Looking at the trade on the surface, it’s not hard to tell Kansas City won this trade. The team traded up for Patrick Mahomes II in the 2017 draft for a reason. Alex Smith enjoyed a tremendous season (the best of his career), but it’s hard to carry a QB with a cap hit of ~$17 million and the guy you traded up in the draft for as a future replacement. The Mahomes era in Kansas City is officially here.
  • The Chiefs’ secondary made a huge upgrade. Kendall Fuller is better than any corner on the roster not named Marcus Peters. Whether Fuller plays in the slot or the Chiefs try to move him to the CB2 spot, he’s going to make his presence felt.
  • Kansas City has cap flexibility. Getting rid of Smith’s contract and considering Fuller is on his rookie deal, the Chiefs gained about $16 million in cap room. That’s huge.
  • A third-round pick is a bonus. Not huge, but there will be talented players for the Chiefs to take in the third round of the draft.

With all of this said, as a life-long Chiefs fan, I owe Alexander Douglas Smith the most sincere “thank you.” You brought the Chiefs back from QB purgatory and being a laughing stock of a franchise and made them a playoff team in your first season with the team. To make the playoffs in four out five years is extremely difficult, but you did it. You were the best quarterback in football this season. Thank you for everything you’ve done. The NFL has never appreciated you enough. I wish you nothing but the best in Washington.

For every play you kept alive:

For every time you took off and used your (criminally) underrated athleticism to break off a huge run:

For all the times you proved your “deep ball myth” wrong:

For every time you made a play to win the game. For every time you proved anyone wrong. For every single day you were a professional and a class act. Thank you.

For every playoff mishap, you’re forgiven. For every mishap in general, you’re forgiven. You gave Kansas City something they hadn’t had in years and for that, you’re respected and appreciated. Thank you.

 

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