What was a handshake deal 43 days ago is now official.
The Redskins have announced that they have traded for quarterback Alex Smith.
It has been widely reported that the deal included a contract extension for Smith, who had one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. The preliminary numbers have the contract at four years and $94 million with $71 million guaranteed.
The details of that deal are very important when it comes to determining how long the Redskins are tied to Smith and how much he will cost against the salary cap each year. In any case, it is expected that the deal will come on top of the final year of the contract Smith signed with the Chiefs meaning he will be under team control for five years.
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The potential for stability at the position is important for the Redskins as they say farewell to Kirk Cousins. He played on the franchise tag the last two years after becoming the starter in the final year of his rookie contract. It made for stressful offseasons and some under the radar tensions during the season. Having Smith under contract through 2022 will alleviate all of that.
The 49ers made Smith, who will turn 34 in May, was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. He looked like a bust early in his career as the team struggled with stability. In fact, that’s a huge understatement. Smith literally had a new offensive coordinator each of his first seven seasons in the NFL. That might go some way to explain his completion percentage of 58 and his sub-mediocre 76.4 passer rating during those years.
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Smith was on the way to a career year in 2012, his second season with offensive coordinator Greg Roman when he suffered a concussion.
Colin Kaepernick came in, played well enough to keep the job, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. Smith was traded to the Chiefs where he has had five years of stability with head coach Andy Reid. Since 2012 he has completed 65.6 percent of his passes and has a solid 95.6 passer rating.
He is coming off of a career year where he passed for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career. The Redskins hope that he can keep it up.
The Redskins also announced the free agent signing of a player they hope will be a productive target for Smith, former Seahawk Paul Richardson.