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    who is in Minneapolis this week taking part in Super Bowl week events,Hunt, was at dinner when he heard the news of Smith being traded from the Chiefs to the Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. He told the NFL Network Wednesday the news caught him off-guard and that it will be difficult to say goodbye to Smith after such a successful season.

    you know," Hunt said. "Honestly, Alex had his best season,"I was just in shock, so it's (hard) to see a guy like that go. The Redskins got a good one, definitely. He's a great leader, great person. I know he's a competitor and he loves to win."

    the Smith trade as well as the departure of offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to become the head coach of the Chicago Bears is a dose of reality when it comes to the business side of the NFL. Hunt is coming off an extremely successful rookie season but now heads into 2018 with a new offensive coordinator in former running backs coach Eric Bieniemy and a new quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. Hunt has plenty of familiarity with both Bieniemy and Mahomes,Authentic Jarran Reed Jersey,For Hunt, but he admitted to the NFL Network that such major changes can be a lot for a rookie to take in.

    "It is," Hunt said. "All I can do is go out there and control what I can control and go out there and play ball. I'm going to do that. I'm excited to see what Pat brings to the table. I know he's going to be great because he's a competitor,Authentic C.J. Prosise Jersey, and the guy has a crazy arm. I don't know if there's a ball he can miss on the field."

    In short, Legion of Boom-type nicknames for Fuller, what is known today as the Alex Smith trade may eventually be known as the Kendall Fuller trade. If people soon are thinking up catchy,Authentic Nick Vannett Jersey, Marcus Peters and Eric Berry, don’t be surprised. And don’t be surprised if Smith’s legacy with the Chiefs comes less from his career there than in what he brought back.

    Understand that the Chiefs flipped a veteran quarterback they had plans for a year to replace — a valuable one, for more than a draft pick or a package of them. That was the belief at the end of the Chiefs’ season,Authentic Rees Odhiambo Jersey, but one that was telegraphed to be unloaded one way or another before the start of the 2018 season, when the world knew they were ready to anoint Patrick Mahomes. And the market seemed to have been set by NFL precedent.

    Jimmy Garoppolo brought the Patriots a second-round pick this past season. Sam Bradford brought a first- and fourth-rounder. Carson Palmer was worth a first- and third-round pick. Matt Cassel was worth a second-round pick the year he filled in for Tom Brady with the Patriots. Donovan McNabb was sent away from the Eagles for second- and fourth-round picks.

    The notion that promising, third-year,Authentic Frank Clark Jerseyy, 22-year-old, already-productive players at a premiere, hard-to-fill position are easy to replace and get tossed around with impunity is usually viewed as blasphemy.

    When a team offers one up, a second team is crazy not to grab him before the other team changes its mind.

    Yes,Womens Lavonte David Jersey, to ride out major knee surgery in his final college season and his rookie NFL season, it may be premature to gush over Fuller like this. But Washington thought enough of him to take him in the third round in 2016, and then work him into the secondary rotation last year.

    -Some have wondered why a deal had to be made at all. With Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings to take the starting quarterback job, the Chiefs were about $9 million over the cap. Smith had to go and perhaps if the Redskins had waited it out they could have signed Smith for no compensation. But they would have remained in limbo at the position and the Chiefs could have dealt him to another team. In addition, Smith was a luxury the Chiefs could not afford. Before the trade, there was no guarantee that they could have signed him if he had been cut.

    -I don't think that anyone argues that Smith and Cousins are comparable quarterbacks. They are in the "good" category, below the level of elite and special quarterbacks but they also offer competence and stability that many other signal callers to not. The Redskins did not get a major upgrade to the team in the deal. Sometimes you have to make a trade not to get better but to prevent getting worse. This was one of those deals.

    -The four-year, they did not want to give Smith a contract extension of that length. They viewed Smith as more of a short-term fix to bridge the gap until the quarterback they plan to take in this year's draft is ready. But Smith was not interested in that role, $94 million contract extension the Redskins will give Smith once the deal is finalized on March 14 also was needed to get the deal done. The Browns reportedly offered one of their second-round picks in exchange for Smith. However, preferring to go somewhere that was committed to him for at least the next three or four years. The Chiefs accommodated him and now he will we wearing burgundy and gold this fall.

    -Another reason why the Redskins had to make this trade was due to their unwillingness to face the strong possibility that Cousins was not going to sign a long-term deal. They should have known this since they put the franchise tag on him prior to the 2016 season. The only backup plan they came up with was 2016 sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld, who didn't impress anyone enough to earn a second season. The smart way to handle the situation would have been to spend a mid-round pick on a quarterback to develop. Had they done that they might not have been such a desperate situation with only Colt McCoy under contract. In fact, you could argue that they should have started to plan for the future in 2014 when the future of Robert Griffin III started to turn cloudy. But they didn't look to draft any insurance and they paid the price for being in a position of desperation.

    The Chiefs agreed to trade veteran quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins late Monday, the Chiefs made a bold statement that they’re ready for Mahomes, a deal that will become official with the start of the new league year on March 14. In doing so, a prolific passer during his college days at Texas Tech, to assume the starting job for the foreseeable future.

    Mahomes dazzled coach Andy Reid and his staff during training camp, when the Chiefs were already assured of the AFC West title and the No. 4 seed in the playoffs,Womens Jarran Reed Jersey, making the kinds of downfield throws that Smith could never accomplish. And when he made his regular-season debut in Week 17, he not only played well but returned in the fourth quarter to lead the winning drive against the Broncos.

    It was the kind of performance – and the kind of moxie – that made Reid draw comparisons to another of his protgs from his days with the Packers: Brett Favre.

    Those are big shoes to fill. Then again, so are the ones Smith is leaving behind.

    For all the angst he caused fans by going 1-4 in the playoffs,Womens C.J. Prosise Jersey, Smith succeeded in stabilizing a franchise that had been turning over quarterbacks for years. He went 50-26 as a starter and made a couple of Pro Bowl appearances, setting a slew of franchise records in the process.

    “Alex, you are the definition of a true leader and your professionalism helped me grow as a player,Womens Nick Vannett Jersey,” Chiefs offensive guard Laurence Duvernay-Tardif said in a statement posted to Twitter.

    “Can’t say enough about the type of friend and teammate Alex Smith has been since getting to Kansas City,” Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman said, adding “the Sherman family will miss the Smith family.”

    That bidding war,Womens Rees Odhiambo Jersey, even this early in the offseason,Authentic Lavonte David Jersey, drove up the Chiefs’ asking price.

    They wound up solving more than one problem in the trade with Washington: The Chiefs, got a third-round choice in April; they acquired Kendall Fuller, drained of draft picks by previous trades,Womens Frank Clark Jersey, one of the league’s top slot cornerbacks and a potential starter on the outside opposite Marcus Peters; and they freed up nearly $16 million in salary cap space to make additional moves in free agency.

    Kansas City now has a pick in the second round and two in the third, along with selections in the later rounds, which could be used to address other pressing issues on defense.

    Fuller certainly addressed one of them. He was a first-round talent who dropped to the third round coming out of Virginia Tech because of injury concerns, yet has played to a first-round grade – and stayed healthy – during his first two seasons with in the league. Scot McCloughan, said on Twitter shortly after news of the trade broke: “I would never have traded Kendall. He can play inside and outside, the former Redskins general manager who drafted him in 2016, he’s high character, young and a football player.”


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