Alex Smith seemed to know the writing was on the wall for him even before last season was over. He had his best ever NFL season, throwing for 4042 yards, 26 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. But that wasn’t enough for him to remain the Chiefs’ quarterback.
Smith has been traded to Washington according to the Kansas City Star.
The compensation has not yet been revealed, but Smith’s departure saves the Chiefs some $17 million dollars.
Update: Compensation is a third round pick in this year’s draft and CB Kendall Fuller.
In Alex Smith trade, Chiefs will receive third-round pick And CB Kendall Fuller, per @FieldYates. So there’s the trade.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2018
It also officially ushers in the age of Patrick Mahomes, the team’s top pick in last year’s draft.
The Chiefs traded up to the 10th overall to snag the former Texas Tech star quarterback Mahomes, making it pretty clear they were planning for life after the 33-year-old Smith who led the Chiefs to the postseason four of the past five seasons, but could muster up just one playoff win in that time.
The former number one overall pick has always been considered a solid starting quarterback, but not one that could put a team on his back and take them to new heights. He sure beat the crap out of the Raiders though. He was 8-2 over the Raiders in five seasons in Kansas City.
Let’s see what Patrick Mahomes has to offer.