Talked w Ryan Leaf - he said moving from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith is lateral at best and likely a downgrade for Redskins.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 31, 2018
Passing on re-signing incumbent starter Kirk Cousins in favor of Smith was a questionable call to put it nicely, but considering that Washington also gave up a third-round pick and starting-caliber cornerback Kendall Fuller (who found out he got traded along with fans), it looks like the Redskins are the losers here.
In fact, the trade leans so heavily in the Chiefs' favor that even the Madden version of the Redskins reject the proposed swap.
An enterprising @ArrowheadPride user tried to execute the "Alex for Fuller and a 3rd" trade on Madden. The AI wouldn't accept it, as it was too lopsided in favor of the Chiefs pic.twitter.com/HXmwKVIsux— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) January 31, 2018
Sure, that didn't have the best spelling and grammar, but the proof is there.
The Redskins would have had to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, but even that wasn't a justifiable reason to trade for the former Chiefs QB because the team gave Smith a ridiculous four-year, $94 million deal.
Many people around the league have criticized the trade from the Redskins' perspective. Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said on Twitter that he would never have traded Fuller (though it is worth noting that McCloughan drafted the cornerback), and Fuller's former teammate D.J. Swearinger went on a rant bashing the Redskins for the move
Kendall Fuller was @PFF's 2nd highest graded slot CB in the NFL this year. 90.0 overall— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) January 31, 2018
Coming off of a 7-9 season, Redskins fans shouldn't expect much more out of a franchise that hasn't gotten past the Wild Card round of the playoffs since 2005. With 2018 shaping up to be another disappointing year in D.C., maybe ownership should look into letting the folks at Madden run the team.