The Winter Report: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in AFC West Whopper

Scott Winter
Alex Smith Washington Redskins
KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 6: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass during the first quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Big news in the AFC West this week as the Kansas City Chief shipped Alex Smith to DC.

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped a bombshell this week when it was reported they had an agreement to trade their starting quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and reportedly a 3rd round draft pick in this spring’s NFL draft.

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Although the trade has been confirmed by various news outlets, it will not be official until 4pm March 14th when the 2018 NFL season officially begins.

On paper, it appears that the Chiefs got the better of the deal. Fuller was one of the best slot corners in the league last year after struggling in 2016 during his rookie campaign. If Kansas City can successfully move him outside, then they have a tough one-two punch at corner with Marcus Peters opposite Fuller. Additionally, the Chiefs reportedly get a 3rd round pick, 78th overall, in April’s amateur draft. Top 100 picks usually provide a team with a starting caliber player, or at the very least a solid role player.

On paper, it appears that the Chiefs got the better of the deal. – Scott Winter

This means the Chiefs will start last year’s first round draft pick quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who the Chiefs traded up to acquire in the 2017 draft. Mahomes has excellent arm talent, but lacks experience at the NFL level. Mahomes has a tough act to follow in Smith who has only thrown 33 interceptions in the five years he was the Chiefs starter while leading them to two-straight AFC West titles. Coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs organization have made a bold move and statement focused on their future now. That certainly will make next season interesting as they deal with a young quarterback who will live the ups-and-downs of a first-time NFL starter. Mahomes may be a great talent, but the jury is still out on just how good he can be.

The Denver Broncos a big player for Kirk Cousins

With Derek Carr and Philip Rivers the only two experienced starters left in the division, they soon may have company from another veteran as reports out of Denver say the Broncos are making a strong push for former Redskins signal caller Kirk Cousins.

On the Colin Cowherd Show on Fox Sports 1, Cowherd stated that the Denver Broncos and Cousins were very close consumating a deal. Some will ask, if this report is true how is this not tampering? The short answer would be its either tampering, or, Denver was given permission by the Washington Redskins to speak to Kirk Cousins. The other reality is it could be typical free agency noise drummed up by the player’s agent.

Going on the premise that Cousins does land in Denver, he adds a quality upgrade to a position that has languished in Denver since Peyton Manning retired. Cousins brings a respectable 93.7 career passer rating and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his last three seasons. With Denver’s stout defense, a move like this could make them playoff contenders.

There are a few chinks in the armor though. First Cousins works best with a clean pocket, and Denver’s offensive line is one of the worst in the league at pass protection. Secondly, the Redskins chose to let him go, which could indicate there we some behind the scenes issues none of us are aware of.

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