By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Redskins are not playing Kirk Cousins’ game anymore. Instead of giving him a third straight franchise tag, the team decided to move in a new direction on Tuesday night.
The Redskins have reportedly acquired Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith, according to the Kansas City Star. However, no moves can be made until the official start of the new league-year on March 14th.
At this time, it is not clear what the Chiefs are getting in return. They had planned to trade Smith for months after saying Patrick Mahomes II will be the starter next season.
Smith guided the Chiefs to the playoffs four of the past five seasons with the team. They missed out on the playoffs in 2014, despite a 9-7 record.
According to NFL Network’s Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal will be finalized on Wednesday. As the Chiefs starter, he was 53-27.
Cousins will now be a free to test the free agent market. The Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals are expected to be the front-runner for his services.
Cousins has made $43.9 million in the past two seasons with the team after being franchise-tagged. He has made $46.6 million in the past five seasons in Washington.
Smith has made $67 million in his five-year tenure with the Chiefs. He’s also expected to receive a four-year extension with the team once this deal is finalized.
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