By Christian Coppola
As of yesterday Alex Smith, the 33-year-old 2017 Pro Bowler/2017 Passer Rating Leader has been traded to Washington. The new Washington quarterback is looking at a $94 million contract with $71 million guaranteed. This move for Smith is nothing less than a perfect situation. Smith can now not worry about a young quarterback nipping at his heals for the starting job and having constant pressure to play to a high level. Behind this elite offensive line consisting of two former Pro Bowlers in Williams and Scherff, Alex has an opportunity to be even more successful than he was in Kansas City. Even though he doesn’t have a speedster in Hill or a consistently elite and trustworthy tight end to throw to anymore, there are still weapons on this Washington offense. A healthy Jordan Reed could arguably be an upgrade from Kelce and can become Smith’s new go to guy. Doctson has started to come into his own by showing flashes of his ability to go get that 50/50 ball. The emergence of an impressive change of pace back in Thompson could work perfectly for Smith who loves to check down and get the ball to his play making backs. This eventual move for Smith could not have ended up being any better. With a huge lump of cash in his pocket, an elite offensive line, and a four-year deal that could carry him to his retirement, I don’t think Alex and his family could be any happier.
Smith isn’t the only one who is affected in this huge deal. Cousins is now on the market and will be looking for a new team to sign with. At the age of 29 and impressive stats over the past few years, Kirk should look for a Super Bowl ready team. I don’t think a team that’s in it’s rebuilding stage would be a good fit for Cousins as he is entering his 30’s and has shown the league he is a more than decent Quarterback even with not much help. A team like Denver who has a playoff roster is a team that Cousins should look into. With Thomas and a hopeful Sanders staying in Denver, Cousins could immediately have more weapons than he has ever had since entering the league. Also, with established running game Kirk’s workload could be drastically decreased allowing him to be more successful in this ground and pound offense. Even with anembarrassing offensive show out this season in Denver, the defense was still playing at an elite level. With a good Quarterback in Cousins this defense could get back to their league leading defensive play.
Along with Cousins and Smith, Mahomes is highly affected in this situation. The 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft now holds the keys to the Kansas City Chiefs. According to multiple Chiefs reporters, Mahomes impressed the coaches and the rest of the team and was immediately set to be the future of this franchise. This trade alone shows how much confidence Reid and the rest of the franchise has in Mahomes. The arm strength of this kid will open even more opportunity to let Hill fly past opposing defenses. The youth of Mahomes, Hill, Hunt, and Kelce can create havoc in this league for the next decade. Andy Reid’s resume of polishing Quarterbacks is perfect for a young Mahomes and will give him the opportunity to be the best he could possibly be.
Now heading into the draft, there will be another team not looking for a quarterback since Cousins will be joining a new team this offseason. Since Cousins is expected to sign with Denver, there are now only three teams in the top 10 who would consider taking a Quarterback (Browns, Jets, and Giants). With six prospects projected to be drafted into the first round this year, the teams who thought they wouldn’t have a shot at one of these Quarterbacks, now has an opportunity to get their young hopeful franchise player. Teams like Buffalo, Jacksonville, and Minnesota are now in a position to go get a guy that they thought would be gone by the time their pick rolled around.
The beginning of a career for Mahomes and new teams for both Smith and Cousins will be the storyline for this upcoming 2018-2019 season.
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