The Denver Broncos are in desperate need of a quarterback under center and could've had it with Alex Smith.
The Chiefs made a shocking move to send Smith to the Redskins for a 2018 third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. But according to reports, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach turned down a massive offer from John Elway in the process.
The trade would've included veteran cornerback Aqib Talib and a second-round pick.
On @Browns_Daily right now @AllbrightNFL said that “Alex Smith chose Washington due to the long term deal that the Skins were offering.” Added Browns offered multiple picks but wanted him for short term deal and Denver offered a 2nd and Aqib Talib!— Nathan Zegura (@NathanZegura) January 31, 2018
What could have been...
Why would the Chiefs turn down such an enticing offer from the Broncos? It makes sense. The last thing Veach wanted to do was trade Smith inside the AFC let alone the division. Now, Smith is out of the picture and the Chiefs don't play the Redskins until 2021.
Talib would have been an immediate upgrade at cornerback, but Fuller is a younger and more inexpensive option at the position. The Chiefs also freed up $17 million in cap space with the move.
Fuller is young, great slot CB and fills a massive need for KC.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 31, 2018
The Broncos are still left with a gaping hole at quarterback, and will likely pursue Kirk Cousins or a young prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.