How the Alex Smith trade Affects the QB Market

Big news dropped late Tuesday night with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates breaking news that former Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith trade went through sending Smith to the Redskins for a 3rd round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

With the play of Patrick Mahomes during week 17 illustrated he’s ready sooner than expected which meant that Alex Smith was likely going to be moved. The rumor was that Smith would likely get dealt to the Browns where former Chiefs GM John Dorsey would use him as a bridge to whoever they drafted number one overall or maybe even DeShone Kizer. Having Smith now in Washington means that Kirk Cousins will not resign with the Redskins and really makes this off season all the most exciting.

How Does this Trade Affect Kirk Cousins

Well it’s clear that Cousins won’t be back in Washington, which isn’t too much of a surprise anyways. I’d love for Cousins to go to Jacksonville and be the final piece on that team, but they’ve spent a lot of money in free agency on defense and with Blake Bortles playing decent this past year, they could chose to pass on Cousins. Cleveland has the money and the need for a quarterback but do we really see Cousins choosing to go to the Browns, let’s move on. Listed below are the three teams that are the logical landing spots.

New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos

With Cousins hitting the open market it’s unheard of and he could command up to $30 million dollars per year. Out of the three teams listed above the Jets are the team that have the largest cap room at an estimated $72 million dollars. The Jets were able to get a lot out of Josh McNown but Cousins is a much better player and with some added weapons they could be a playoff team.

Arizona and Denver are the two best options because both teams have rosters ready to go and Cousins could be the stability factor that could get them into the playoffs. The problem with both teams is they’ll have to make some roster moves to free up space. That should be easier for the Broncos who have some high priced veterans that they’ve been rumored to be moving on from.

How Does this Trade affect the NFL Draft

The need for quarterbacks in the draft is nothing new, but this year it seems even bigger as four teams in the top 6 that need a quarterback and two more from picks 11-15. Having Smith go to the Redskins and sign a four year deal eliminates the from taking a quarterback early while Kirk Cousins is very likely to end up at one of those six teams. This means that we’ll likely see the top four quarterbacks go in the top 10 and a team like the Cardinals may try to move up to make a move.

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