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Chiefs agree to trade Alex Smith to Redskins

Chiefs agree to trade Alex Smith to Redskins

The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs have engaged in the first blockbuster of the 2018 offseason. The Redskins will acquire quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN has confirmed, allowing them to part ways with previous starter Kirk Cousins.

The Kansas City Star first reported the trade, which can’t become official until the start of the league year on March 14. The Redskins would give Kansas City a third-round pick and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller as compensation, sources told ESPN. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen also reported that Smith would sign a four-year extension with the Redskins, averaging $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money.

The Redskins have approximately $52 million in cap space available for 2018. It’s uncertain yet how much Smith will cost against the cap in 2018.

Smith, 33, came to the Chiefs in a 2013 trade that sent two second-round draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers. He not only stabilized what had been a shaky position for the Chiefs — seven different players started a game for the Chiefs at quarterback over the six seasons prior to Smith’s arrival — but he guided the team to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. The Chiefs won the AFC West in each of the past two seasons.