Kirk Cousins era ends in Washington, so where does he land next?

Jessica Allison
February 1, 2018

The Washington Redskins" agreement to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs has the reciprocal effect of essentially ticketing current "Skins QB Kirk Cousins for free agency.

The third-year cornerback, coming to the Kansas City Chiefs in a reported trade that would send quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins, went through a series of emotions on social media Tuesday as news swirled about the move.

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

Though a deal is in place for Smith, it can't technically be finished until the new league year begins on March 14.

What are your thoughts on Smith being traded to the Washington Redskins and his time in Kansas City being up? All three are in the top six of total estimated cap space available for 2018.

The Chiefs only put Mahomes on the field one game this season due to an injury to Smith. "Just being there in Kansas City, getting to work with him, seeing a guy that for some reason people critique all the time, I mean, the guy's a victor".

The Broncos were going to go after Cousins before last night's trade, and while the news of Smith-to-Washington doesn't guarantee Cousins-to-Denver, it does mean the Broncos have one less team to compete with. 2016 first-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes reportedly impressed the coaching staff during his rookie campaign and he will now get his chance to become the long term starter under centre at Arrowhead in 2018.

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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. Keyword 'had.' Much of that leverage included the Redskins (who drafted Cousins and would have needed to pay $34 million on a franchise tag in 2018 if they couldn't strike a long-term deal) and the San Francisco 49ers (who ultimately didn't want to get in the Cousins bidding war and snagged Jimmy Garoppolo midseason past year from New England for a 2018 second-round pick). Maybe they were one of the teams that took their shot and missed.

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Smith was acquired from San Francisco in 2013 for two third-round picks.

In Washington, the Redskins have done a running back by committee, and tight end Jordan Reed has only started 24 games in the last four years, largely due to concussions.

Foles labeled Smith as a player who "can turn a locker room around", calling him "one of the most athletic guys" in the NFL.

Cousins passed for 4,166, 4,917 and 4,093 yards in 2015-17 and completed an average of 67 percent of his pass attempts.

The Jaguars become a top contender after they reached the AFC championship game this season, losing at New England, with Blake Bortles as their quarterback. Pro Football Focus graded Fuller as the second-best slot corner in all of the NFL this season.

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