Alex Smith traded by Chiefs to Redskins, sources say

Kirk Cousins of the Redskins looks to pass

Washington gave cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick to Kansas City, and passed up the opportunity to re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Washington let the National Football League know the talented Cousins will be let go to free agency after the NFC East team acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.

If Kirk Cousins comes to the AFC West, the Denver Broncos could again become favorites to win the division now with the Chiefs trading Smith. The teams can't make the trade official under the new league year starts on March 14. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes - the most of his career in a full season - and threw for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns (both career highs) to only five interceptions.

What are your thoughts on Smith being traded to the Washington Redskins and his time in Kansas City being up? Veteran Darrelle Revis delivered a solid performance for the team down the stretch drive, but he carries a cap hit of $10 million in 2018.

The Chiefs only put Mahomes on the field one game this season due to an injury to Smith. In Kansas City's 27-20 win over the Eagles in Week 2, Smith was 21 of 28 for 251 yards and a touchdown. This appeared to be a factor in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings. A steep one. Giving the Chiefs a third-round pick isn't bad; Washington will get a pick in the same round in 2019 as compensation when Cousins signs with someone in free agency. However it's also clear he hadn't told any of his colleagues no matter how close they were.

Cousins played under the franchise tag the last two seasons in D.C. and was set to become a free agent this off-season.

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The Chiefs' season ended in extremely disappointing fashion, but their fans have to like how the offseason has started and the direction the organization is headed in. 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. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are widely considered the top four quarterbacks in the draft who could be deemed worthy of the No. 5 pick.

There are rumblings that Jacksonville will bring back Blake Bortles on his $19 million fifth-year option, but wouldn't they be better off with Cousins?

It may be expensive, but the Redskins can franchise or transition tag Cousins. It was not what Cousins, coming off a career-best season, had hoped to be offered.

There is only one certainty out of this trade and that is that Kirk Cousins is going to get paid.

Filed under "to be determinated" if this truly is a good or bad thing for the Broncos, the exciting young rookie Patrick Mahomes takes the reins for the Chiefs.