Chiefs agree to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Redskins

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The team reportedly tried to remedy their almost two-decades-long quarterback problems with an Alex Smith trade, according to cleveland.com, before the Washington Redskins snatched him up from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Though a deal is in place for Smith, it can't technically be finished until the new league year begins on March 14.

News that the Kansas City Chiefs will trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins leaves the Cleveland Browns in another of what seems like a never-ending string of "now what?" situations at quarterback.

With Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins guaranteed to hit free agency now, this could have a major impact on the Colts in the draft.

However, Smith was entering the final year of his contract with the Chiefs, and he has a cap number of $20.6 million for 2018. For instance, if the Broncos sign Cousins then the Jets may no longer need to trade up to get the one they desire with only 2 quarterback-needy teams ahead of them.

It's an interesting dilemma for a team that reportedly made a play for Alex Smith before the Chiefs traded him to Washington.

Of the teams who draft in front of the Packers this year - the Browns (twice), Giants, Colts, Broncos, Jets, Buccaneers, Bears, Raiders, 49ers, Dolphins, Bengals and Redskins - only a handful have needs at quarterback.

New GM John Dorsey has plenty of loot ($110 million in cap space), but would his team be better off selecting a quarterback with either the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in upcoming draft?

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With Smith's departure, the Chiefs will move forward with last year's first-round draft pick, Patrick Mahomes, as their quarterback of the future.

The Browns have more salary cap room and cash to spend than any other National Football League team, which makes them an obvious potential destination for Cousins.

Cousins is looking for a victor and while the Jets did go a disappointing 5-11 in 2017, NY has a lot to offer Cousins if he were to come to the Big Apple. His revised five-year contract will be worth about $110 million.

The Pro Bowl quarterback is an unrestricted free agent and will be the most prized name on the market.

It sounds odd in general that a team with three second-round picks was outbid by a team offering a player and a third-round pick, and it brings back memories of Jimmy Garoppolo going to San Francisco, not the Browns, at the trade deadline.

So, the Chiefs likely made the decision to trade Smith months ago, and then it became a matter of maximizing their return this offseason. It'd make more sense to fortify the defense in free agency, tank for the year, and make a run at finding a QB in the draft.

Smith is "one of the best competitors and teammates I've ever been around", Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce posted on Twitter.

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