Smith trade to Washington means Cousins in play for Broncos

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Smith has spent the past five seasons as the starting quarterback of the Chiefs, who drafted Patrick Mahomes with the 10th-overall pick in last year's draft.

In a totally surprising deal that went down on Tuesday night, the Redskins chose to acquire Alex Smith from the Chiefs in a trade that will be sending a third-round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City, only no one actually told Fuller that he was being traded. But Washington only played in one playoff game during that span, going 9-7, 8-7-1 and, most recently, 7-9 in Cousins' time as a starter.

The teams may publicly confirm the details as soon as Wednesday, but the trade can not be processed and official until the NFL's new league year begins March 14. Despite Smith putting together the best statistical season of his career and having the NFL's top passer rating, the Chiefs didn't even wait until after the Super Bowl to move on from him.

The big trade of quarterback Alex Smith to Washington Tuesday night should be viewed as good news for Bills fans. All three are in the top six of total estimated cap space available for 2018.

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. However, that's exactly what rumors surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs are suggesting. If you think the number nine or ten spot in a quarterback-rich draft is too low to garner any genuine interest, remember that the Chiefs paid a hefty bounty a year ago to move up to a similar spot to select Mahomes. At the same time, it seems no one from the team had told Fuller about any transaction involving him. For the Chiefs, Smith had 50 wins and only 26 losses, and has not been involved in a losing season since 2010.

The Browns will most assuredly take a quarterback at one of their spots; the Giants will likely select one as well. What does this mean for the Cleveland Browns? Washington was backed into a corner monetarily after franchising him twice in a row, but Cousins knew that each one-year deal only heightened the low end of his salary.

This year's class of draft prospects includes no less than four quarterbacks who are considered first-rounders.

Now, Kirk Cousins will hit free agency after failing to secure the four-year extension the Redskins chose to give Smith upon acquiring him. Kansas City and Washington brought forth a trade last night that rocked the National Football League community. Because of all that money, Cleveland would be able to offer Cousins more than what any other team could. It's probably safe to assume that new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would love to get his hands on Cousins.