And so, with all eyes focused on Super Bowl LII, the NFL answered one of its most important offseason questions. Alex Smith will be the Washington Redskins' quarterback in 2018, via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs, and former Redskins starter Kirk Cousins will enter the free-agent market.If you were caught off guard by the news, which arrived on a random Tuesday night in January, you weren't alone. How could this happen before the start of the new league year? Let's dig deeper.
I didn't say it was the first moment teams could discuss trades. It's perfectly legal, and more common than you might realize, for teams to exchange ideas about potential deals in the days, weeks and even months leading up to the official start of the trading period. The only thing they can't do is finalize the paperwork. That means neither team can discuss it publicly, but there's nothing stopping Smith from doing so.
No, not with 100 percent certainty. Either side could back out without penalty, given that the trade hasn't officially happened. This is a verbal agreement. But now that the news has leaked, backing out would do real and serious damage to a team's credibility. What team, player or agent would feel comfortable doing a future deal with a partner that has a known history of reneging?
Yes, Smith is still is on the Chiefs' roster. But he wasn't a pending free agent and isn't going to be. He is signed through the 2018 season. Teams can begin discussing contracts for their own players after Jan. 1, and NFL rules permit the Chiefs to give the Redskins -- or any other team -- a window to discuss potential contract terms and avoid tampering charges. Clearly, the Redskins weren't going to trade for Smith if they weren't certain he would sign an extension to play beyond the coming season.
Per ESPN Stats & Information, Smith was set to count $20.6 million against the Chiefs' cap in 2018. When trades occur, a player's base salary -- and thus that part of his cap hit -- transfers with him. At the moment, it appears that the Chiefs will shave $17 million off their 2018 cap and incur $3.6 million in accelerated dead money. Smith's exact charge on the Redskins' cap for 2018 is not yet known, but if the deal is worth $23.5 million annually, you can expect cap charges to average about the same over time.
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Cousins and his agent can start full preparations for a rare moment in NFL free agency: a high-quality quarterback available on the open market in the prime of his career. It's fair to argue whether Cousins can be a transcendent player, but even the availability of a quarterback of his talents and relatively young age (29) is highly unusual. It would be surprising if a bidding war didn't lead to him becoming the NFL's highest-paid player in March.
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The Redskins essentially swapped Kirk Cousins for Smith, who will turn 34 in May. They knew they could not put the franchise tag on him for a third straight year. They knew a multiyear deal would be costly, and there always seemed to be something that prevented them from committing in the long term to Cousins.
Cousins posted a 24-23-1 record from 2015 to 2017. He had 29, 25 and 27 touchdown passes the past three seasons, to go with 11, 12 and 13 interceptions. Now that he is free to hit the open market, he is sure to get the megadeal he has always sought. rom a Cowboys perspective, maybe they don't want to see Cousins go. n seven starts against Dallas, Cousins had 12 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. He averaged nearly 274 yards a game against the Cowboys. On Thanksgiving in 2016, he threw for 449 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys.
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The Redskins will have to do more to help Smith if they want to truly make this deal work. Their leading rusher, Samaje Perine, had 603 yards last year. Jamison Crowder is a solid complementary receiver but not a lead. Josh Doctson, their first-round pick in 2016, has yet to pan out. Jordan Reed is an excellent pass-catching tight end but he has battled injuries.
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