The night of January 30th was a roller coaster of emotions for many, especially Kendall Fuller.
With news of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith, being traded to the Redskins, came the news that the team would be receiving cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick in exchange.
Source: the player being sent to the Chiefs in the Alex Smith trade is Redskins CB Kendall Fuller.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 31, 2018
In Alex Smith trade, Chiefs will receive third-round pick And CB Kendall Fuller, per @FieldYates. So there’s the trade.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2018
The exchange was a surprise to many, including Fuller, who initially heard the rumors of his trade via Twitter. Even giving us a play-by-play of his knowledge of the situation throughout the night.
Nahh its not me.. I don’t thinkk— Kendall Fuller (@KeFu11er) January 31, 2018
Lol im on here tryna find out just like yaa 👀
Mannnnn im safe! I ain’t get traded— Kendall Fuller (@KeFu11er) January 31, 2018
During this week's episode of Adam Schefter's podcast, Fuller detailed the rollercoaster of a night he had.
The funny part about it is I’m not usually on Twitter that much," Fuller said. When I was on there, I saw you come out with it, and somebody else come out with it, and I tweeted like, ‘Nah, I haven’t heard anything.’ Right after I tweeted that, my agent called me and told me about the trade. I was like, ‘Shoot, let me get off of Twitter for a little bit then.'
When he did decide to return to social media, Fuller tweeted this classic.
Me on Twitter after tweeting all that then finding out i got traded! 😂 pic.twitter.com/YHhCzzcsZj— Kendall Fuller (@KeFu11er) January 31, 2018
The 23-year old, who finished the 2017 season with four interceptions, 42 tackles and 12 assist, was seen as one of the bright, young stars the Redskins had to offer.
The news of his trade angered fans and fellow Redskins players alike, but Fuller understands the team wasn't looking to just get rid of him.
Actually, the day after the trade, I was still kind of in town, so I had just went up to the facility, really just to grab some stuff, go see coaches, Bruce [Allen] and everybody like that, so I was able to talk to both teams,” Fuller said. It wasn’t too bad, because it wasn’t like the Redskins were looking to get rid of me. … I think the Chiefs were kind of bringing it to ’em, like, ‘If you want this guy, you’re going to have to give up Kendall Fuller.’ All of them were upset that I had to go, so it wasn’t like they were trying to kick me out the door. It was a little bit emotional, especially having my college coach up there, [defensive backs] coach Torrian Gray. So just seeing all of them, the head coach, Bruce and Doug [Williams], it wasn’t too bad though.
While he only spent two seasons in D.C., Fuller will be taking everything he learned from Josh Norman with him to Kansas City.
Every day he comes in, he’s just ready to hunt, no matter what he’s doing," Fuller said. Whether it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and especially on Sunday, just that mind-set that you gotta bring to the table every day as a professional.
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