Fantasy football greeting to a Alex Smith trade


Even as a Super Bowl inches ever closer to a doorstep, a offseason section of a NFL calendar motionless to get off to an early start. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that a Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins had concluded in element to a understanding that would send Alex Smith to a organisation that would now let Kirk Cousins travel in giveaway agency.

The remuneration was after reported to be a third-round collect and adult and entrance cornerback Kendall Fuller. Rapoport reported on Wednesday morning that with a four-year, $94-dollar prolongation Washington will lot out to Smith, they would now have him underneath agreement for a subsequent 5 years and compensate him $71-million guaranteed.

After handling on a blockade with a actor they drafted in a fourth-round behind in 2012 and grown into a starting quarterback, Washington inaugurated to finally bound off and let Cousins try a open marketplace and leave in March. A new organisation will acquire his services in reduction than dual months’ time. Kansas City will pierce on with a carefree authorization passer in a overlay in 2017 10th altogether collect Patrick Mahomes. The trade will send shockwaves via a NFL universe, inspiring anticipation players from all teams involved. Here’s what we need to know for any of a 3 parties.

The Chiefs

Kansas City fielded a sixth-ranked scoring offense in a NFL in 2017. Mahomes will take a reins of conduct manager Andy Reid’s widespread offense. The long-time descent manager clearly has faith that Mahomes can be not usually a franchise-level passer though one who can take them over a mound that existed via Smith’s tenure.

We saw Mahomes usually once during his rookie year in a Week 17 start for a resting Chiefs opposite a long-since routine Denver Broncos. Mahomes threw for 284 yards with a collect on 35 attempts while personification with mostly backups opposite a Broncos defense. The diversion film shows some of a aggressive, high-degree of problem throws his breeze form indicated he could move to a Chiefs offense.

Mahomes is an unknown, though if he hits his fanciful ceiling, he could serve transparent some of a talents on a Chiefs roster. We know who those players will be, as a Chiefs have been a flue offense issuing by usually 3 playmakers for many of Reid’s reign as a conduct coach. Kareem Hunt handed a 67.2 percent share of a team’s sum rush attempts, while Travis Kelce engrossed 43 percent of a allotted flitting targets with Hunt finishing third in a pecking sequence with 63. Whether Mahomes proves to be an evident ascent over Smith is mostly insignificant for these players. Their roles will keep their projected anticipation breeze value for 2018 totally locked-in.

The Redskins

Alex Smith leaves behind maybe one of a many fast descent ecosystems and aim placement tables to one in a transition phase. Washington has usually 4 far-reaching receivers underneath agreement for subsequent deteriorate and usually Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder could be called “established players” among a group.


In a parsimonious finish room, veterans Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are on a books for 2018 though a organisation could recur that in a entrance months. Reed dead with nonetheless another repairs after 6 games and 27 catches and carries a large $10.1-million tip charge. Davis was a plain deputy for Reed in stretches of a deteriorate though is 34-years-old and will count $5.3 million opposite a cap.

Here during a finish of January, it’s formidable to devise who Smith will be throwing to come Week 1 of a 2018 season, generally given Washington’s offense has typically widespread a round around. So while we could assume on how he would theoretically filigree with players like Doctson and Crowder, it’s best we write those prohibited takes in coop after on down a line after a organisation inevtiably adds some-more bodies.

However, what we can know for certain is that, no matter what we consider about Smith as a quarterback, his further keeps a Redskins’ offense out of a disaster waters. It’s transparent as day now that Cousins was never going to lapse to a organisation this year after distant too most repairs was finished in a relationship. For both parties to lift a ripcord on a lapse with roughly a month-and-a-half left before a new joining year speaks volumes.

As such, it doesn’t matter if Smith is improved for a 2018 offense than Cousins. That discuss is prohibited atmosphere sent into a atmosphere that carries no effect to a discussion. It matters either Smith is improved for a offense than a expected alternative. If we were formulation on drafting any Washington players in fantasy football, you’re substantially improved off with Smith using a offense than a muted giveaway representative addition, a rookie drafted during 13th overall, or sky dissuade Colt McCoy. Yet, Smith himself is expected no longer a safe-floor pennon he was in years past outward a friendly proportions of a Chiefs offense and Reid’s tutelage.

Kirk Cousins and his to-be-named team

While a NFL gave us a good offseason spoiler in a form of a Smith side of this trade, we’ll have to wait for a box bureau to indeed open to learn how a Cousins storyline ends. Around a NFL author Chris Wesseling provided a ranking of a 7 most-likely alighting spots for a former Washington quarterback. For a greedy anticipation pursuers, there are several engaging options.


Wesseling has a Denver Broncos as a No. 1 organisation on his list. That checks a boxes for anticipation purposes. Cousins would immediately solve a Broncos long-standing quarterback issues and rouse an offense that does have some plain players. The usually locate would be that welcoming a mega-deal for Cousins to a income books might means a Broncos to make tough decision on a projected $20.8 million total cost of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. If one or both aren’t back, this alighting mark would take a tiny hit.

Another tip choice is a Arizona Cardinals during No. 3 on Wesseling’s list. Arizona is now bereft of a devise during a quarterback position and has a tip receiver in retirement limbo. Cousins participation could tempt Larry Fitzgerald to lock-in his preference to play in 2018 and would make for a excellent contingent with chosen using behind David Johnson.

One of Wesseling’s dim equine options is a Minnesota Vikings during No. 6 overall. This one feels like a widen though all of Minnesota’s quarterbacks will be giveaway agents this offseason. If a organisation decides to rinse their hands of all their question-laden options and go into a offseason with a “we’re a quarterback away” mindset, they could give follow to Cousins. The Vikings gifted skill-position players would get a good uptick with Cousins in a fold.

Whoever lands Cousins will see a poignant boost in a interest of their whole offense. High-caliber quarterbacks underneath a age of 30 don’t strike a marketplace too often. Regardless of where we or his former organisation would like to place him in a pantheon of NFL quarterbacks, Cousins has proven to be that.

Matt Harmon is a writer/editor for NFL.com, and a creator of #ReceptionPerception, who we can follow on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB or like on Facebook.

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