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Rival Redskins Trade for QB Alex Smith; Kirk Cousins Out

The have traded with the to acquire veteran . The move settles the question of whether or not they will try to keep , who will now be one of the hottest names in the 2018 market.

According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, Smith will sign a four-year extension with Washington as part of the move. The first-overall pick in the 2005 , Alex turns 34 in May.

Washington will send a 2018 third-round pick and third-year to Kansas City as part of the deal. Fuller was drafted in the in 2016. He has started six games for Washington in each of the last two seasons and had four interceptions in 2017.

Washington faced the dilemma of having to either sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal, give him a $34 million , or let him walk. They have clearly been unwilling to commit to him as their future and could not justify that massive one-year salary.

Cousins was franchised in 2016 and 2017, which is why the 2018 number is so high.

David Irving, Redskins
DL coming after Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins

Over the last three seasons with Kirk Cousins as their starter, Washington has finished 9-7, 8-7-1, and 7-9 and only made the in 2015. They also won the East that year, but thanks largely to 's in Dallas and rebuilding efforts by the Eagles and Giants.

Cousins lost his last four starts against the Cowboys and is only 1-5 against them over the last three seasons.

It's hard to pin the mediocrity on Kirk, though. He's been in Top-10 in all three seasons despite changes in offensive coordinators and the players around him. Moves such as drafting in the and Terrelle Pryor has a free agent have not produced a go-to receiver for Washington. Reed's inability to stay health has also limited the .

Washington will now use the veteran Alex Smith as a band-aid, but they may have a hard time competing in the . Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia all have continuity on their side with , , and returning as starters next year.

Smith was expendable in Kansas City after they drafted tenth overall last year.

How long Washington will stick with Alex, and not make their own move towards the future, remains to be seen. From the Cowboys fan's perspective, this move feels like something that keeps them in a holding pattern for the next few seasons.

We have enough to worry about with the rising power in Philadelphia. The longer that Washington wants to keep treading water, the better.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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I suspect Washington may play smith, all the while grooming a qb behind him. It would be foolish to pass up a potential franchise qb when you have a chance to draft him unless you’ve already got a franchise qb on the team. Smith may only be around a few years.
then again, they may see a cornerback they like seeing as how they just gave one away

Travis Diggs

Every time i think the cowboys are dysfunctional, the redskins prove me wrong. Daniel Synder tries to out do Jerry Jones every year for the worst GM/Owner award

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