It's the beginning of a new era for Alex Smith. After five seasons with the Chiefs, the former No. 1 overall pick is headed to the nation's capital in a blockbuster trade that was announced earlier this month. 

While the move can't be made official until March 14th, it's all about done. The Redskins already plan on signing Smith to a four-year extension once he joins the team. 

As you can expect for a 33-year-old quarterback, Smith was stoked how things worked out and now enters an entirely new situation with a clean slate. 

Speaking with The Washington Post about the trade, Smith said: 

"Once I found out that things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped at the opportunity, and when Washington came calling I was hopeful that that was a possible destination, and I’m just jacked that it worked out. They wanted me because the feeling was mutual, and I’m looking forward to it.”

After the Chiefs' 22-21 loss to the Titans in the Wild-Card round, it was clear the organization was ready to head in a different direction. And after moving up to draft Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick, Smith's fate in Kansas City was already decided. 

The Redskins decided to opt for Smith and let  Kirk Cousins walk in free agency. Coming off a career season, the expectations are at an all-time high for Smith. 

For a quarterback who's won just two playoff games in his career, Smith still has much to prove. 

After watching years of mediocrity in Washington, fans aren't going to have any room for patience this season.