Smith was officially traded from the Chiefs to the Redskins on Wednesday in exchange for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round draft pick. With Patrick Mahomes taking over as the starting quarterback in Kansas City, the 33-year-old Smith actually ended up with a pretty favorable deal, joining a Washington franchise that plans to sign him to a four-year, $94 million contract extension that includes $70 million guaranteed. It isn't out of the question that Smith approaches his career-best stat line from last season in 2018, as the Redskins offense is directed by head coach Jay Gruden and features a deep group of pass catchers including Jamison Crowder, the newly signed Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed (hamstring/toe), Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson (leg), along with a stud left tackle (Trent Williams) to protect the quarterback's blindside. The terms of the contract suggests that Washington's brass doesn't view Smith as a major downgrade from Kirk Cousins.
Updating a previous note, Smith will be traded from Kansas City to Washington in exchange for Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Once he joins the Redskins, Smith is expected to sign a four-year, $94 million extension with $70 million guaranteed, which is still expected to be a cheaper alternative than signing Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal. Again, none of this will take place until the new league year begins on March 14. Smith, who will turn 34 in May, spent the past five seasons in Kansas City after being traded from San Francisco in 2013 in favor of a younger option in Colin Kaepernick -- an eerily similar situation to the current deal that will cement second-year pro Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs' starting quarterback in 2018. Smith led the Chiefs to the postseason in four of his five seasons with the team and saved his best performance for last, posting a league-best 104.7 passer rating in 2017 while recording career-highs in passing yards (4,042) and touchdowns (26).
Smith will sign a four-year contract extension with the Redskins, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Smith was heading into the final year of his contract with Kansas City but will now be under contract with Washington until 2022. At the earliest, the extension will be signed at the beginning of the new league year, March 14, which is when the trade will officially go through. The specifics of the extension remain unknown but look for those details to emerge over the next couple of weeks.
Smith completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns while adding 13 yards on four carries without a turnover in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round loss to the Titans. Smith threw for a career-best 154 first-quarter yards in leading his team to a 14-0 lead, including a 13-yard score to Travis Kelce. Kelce went down with a concussion in the second quarter, however, and the Kansas City offense largely stalled after that, though Smith did give the team a 21-3 lead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson three seconds before halftime. This was yet another disappointing postseason exit for the 33-year-old signal-caller. His team traded up in this past draft to take quarterback Patrick Mahomes 10th overall, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Smith in a different uniform next year even though he currently has one year remaining on his deal.
Smith completed 25 of 39 passes for 304 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Dolphins. He also gained 13 yards on four rushes. Smith was efficient spreading the ball around, as he connected with seven different pass catchers on an afternoon in which the Chiefs clinched their second straight AFC West crown. The veteran signal caller was able to hook up with Tyreek Hill downfield on multiple occasions, eclipsing the 300-yard mark through the air for the second time in the last four games in the process. Smith has also been taking care of the ball particularly well throughout December, as he's now generated a 7:1 TD:INT ratio over the last four games. With the division title now in hand, Smith will now try to help Kansas City secure a home playoff game by toppling the Broncos in Week 17.
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|3||09/23||Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|5||10/09||@New Orleans Saints||18||19.06|
|8||10/28||@New York Giants||32||22.88|
|10||11/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||18.56|
|14||12/09||New York Giants||32||22.88|
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