Smith dealt to Redskins

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The Washington Redskins, who just traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, pick one spot ahead of the Packers at No. 13.

Late in the evening, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star broke the news that the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for Washington's third-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

The Washington Redskins gave up on quarterback Kirk Cousins - and did so at a steep price.

The trade won't be official until the beginning of the new league year, which is 3 p.m. on March 14.

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up prior to the game against the the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) walks off the field after the Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans, 22-21, on January 6, during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. This appeared to be a factor in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings. The Redskins acquired #Alex Smith in a trade, which virtually signaled their intention to part ways with Cousins this offseason.

The reality is we won't be able to fairly assess this trade for Washington until we see how they perform with Smith as their quarterback. With Smith at quarterback, the Chiefs made the playoffs four of the past five seasons.

It sounds odd in general that a team with three second-round picks was outbid by a team offering a player and a third-round pick, and it brings back memories of Jimmy Garoppolo going to San Francisco, not the Browns, at the trade deadline.

Washington, which has used the franchise tag on Cousins during the past two seasons, knew they weren't going to sign him to a long-term deal. "No", Cousins said on PFT Live, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

This also benefits Denver, who isn't cash-strapped by any means, but certainly doesn't have the money the Browns, Jets or Vikings have - at least for now. It'd make more sense to fortify the defense in free agency, tank for the year, and make a run at finding a QB in the draft. Quarterbacks are the most sought-after players, and now that the Redskins will presumably no longer be drafting a quarterback to replace Cousins, some interesting hypotheticals are cropping up.

Foles labeled Smith as a player who "can turn a locker room around", calling him "one of the most athletic guys" in the NFL. Just drafting one. Colt McCoy probably gets you 4-5 wins, and you have a Top 7 pick.

Cousins, who completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 4,093 yards this season, also made it no secret that he is a big fan of Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, CBS Sports reported.

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