Summary of “Making Sense of Washington’s Baffling Trade for Alex Smith”

On the surface, the Redskins’ decision to eschew a long-term contract extension for Kirk Cousins, trade a third-round pick for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, and then give Smith the big-money, long-term deal Cousins should have earned over the past two years is, well, completely baffling.
Smith has posted just one such season in his entire career.
The Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes II with the 10th pick in last year’s draft, stamping an expiration date on Kansas City’s marriage to Smith, and another disastrous early playoff exit can’t have helped improve what was already an awkward lame-duck scenario for the 33-year-old who was heading into the final year of his deal.
From the Redskins’ point of view, they were simply speeding up the process by making a deal for a guy that can give them both a chance to win in 2018 and a bridge option so they can kick the can down the road in finding and developing their long-term franchise quarterback.
Sure, Smith emerged as one of the league’s best deep-ball passers this season.
Smith’s a fit for Jay Gruden’s offense in Washington, where West Coast terminology and many of the route concepts, the footwork, and the timing should be the same as what he ran in Kansas City, making for a relatively seamless transition.
There’s a jump down in offensive talent: The Redskins don’t have much of a run game, and outside of the cutting-edge hybrid-spread scheme Reid deployed this year, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Smith revert to the all-too-timid passer we’ve seen during most of his career.
If Smith can’t build on his career year, continue to attack down the seams, and challenge defenses deep, it’s going to be tough for him to really live up to that big-money extension.

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