Now that the dust has settled and we've all (maybe) caught our breath, it's time to take a step back and look at this blockbuster trade sending Alex Smith to the Redskins.
On paper, it's certainly a confusing move. Not only is Washington parting ways with one of their best cornerbacks in Kendall Fuller, but they're deciding to move forward with an older quarterback rather than investing in the man who's already there in Kirk Cousins.
If you think that doesn't make sense, just wait until you get a load of this massive deal.
The Redskins wasted no time at all shelling out money for their new franchise quarterback, handing him an insane four-year extension worth a whopping $94 million with $71 million guarantees.
The #Redskins gave QB Alex Smith a 4-year extension worth $94M, source said. He gets a whopping $71M in guarantees.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018
For now, this is an agreement in principle. He has to pass a physical on March 14 to officially get the deal.
For whatever reason, the Redskins are shunning Cousins and dropping a ridiculous amount of money on Smith, who is an aging veteran. They could have invested a bit more and just kept a younger QB in his prime that has been a staple of the franchise.
Kirk Cousins leaves the #Redskins franchise:— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) January 31, 2018
4th all-time in passing yards: 16,206
4th all-time in completions: 1,372
5th all-time in QB wins: 26
6th all-time in passing TDs: 99
This isn't a jab at Smith as a player. He's proven he's more than just a game manager, earning Pro Bowl honors in two consecutive seasons. This is taking a jab at the fact that the man has won absolutely nothing and yet the Redskins have more faith in him than Cousins.
Just so I’m clear: I can have soon-to-be 30 years old Kirk Cousins at ~$27M per year, or I can give up a 3rd-round pick to have soon-to-be 34 years old Alex Smith at $23.5M per year.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) January 31, 2018
Why did Washington do this.
It's like this team doesn't realize that he's four years older than Cousins and doesn't have the same ability to expose a defense. For example, Smith took 12 seasons to crack the 4,000-yard mark in a single year. Cousins has now done it in each of the three seasons he was named the team's starter, yet he can't receive a similar deal.
Yes, a contract with Cousins would've cost the team more, but what did this contract cost the Redskins? By the final year of this deal, Smith will be a 37-year-old QB making $23.5 million annually.
Good luck explaining that to your fanbase in the future.