For the better part of two seasons, the Washington Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins both said all the right things while Cousins played under a franchise tag in both the 2016 and 2017 season. Underneath all that, it just seemed that the Redskins didn’t have complete faith in Cousins, who in the pass happy NFL threw for over 4000 yards in both seasons (4900 in 2015), but has never thrown for 30 TD’s in a season.
Last night the truth came out as the Redskins sent CB Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third round pick for 33 year old QB Alex Smith, a deal which should be finalized today. As part of the deal Smith, whose contract expires at the end of the 2018 season, will receive a four year extension worth $94 million of which $71 million is guaranteed. Not bad for a QB who hasn’t won a playoff game coming off a 2017 season that saw him post a league best 104.7 QB rating that ended with a crushing loss to the Titans in a game the Chiefs led 21-3 at halftime. The Chiefs now save $17 in cap room and can let the Mahomes era begin.
For Cousins, who earned around $24 last season, he gets the chance to test the free agent market where he could set some financial records of his own. The New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns could all be bidding for Cousins’ services.
In a division that has good young QB’s in Wentz (Philadelphia) and Prescott (Dallas), it will be interesting to see if Smith could do in Washington what the Redskins felt Cousins couldn’t.