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Redskins’ trade with Chief: upgraded offense and relieved cap space.

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Alex Smith and the Chiefs were the only undefeated team entering week 6 of NFL regular season. He shook every football fan in America by beating two Super Bowl teams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. However, Losing 6 of their 8 matches, the hype seemed to be over. Still, Smith ended 2017 as his career-best season, having the second highest pass completion percentage and the highest passer rating in his career.

“I fear Alex Smith much more than I fear Kirk Cousins,” said Skip Bayless, sports columnist for Fox Sports 1.

There is no doubt that Alex Smith is a better quarterback than Kirk Cousins. Smith’s 104 passer rating is 10 points higher than that of Kirk Cousins. His 26-5 touchdown to interception is far superior to Kirk, who is often criticized for throwing interceptions. Further, Smith proved his superior mobility as a quarterback by almost doubling Kirk’s rushing yard.

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The general opinion is that Kirk is getting paid too much. Kirk who wanted a long-term deal for previous two years often conflicted with the Redskins front office. If the Redskins offer him another franchise tag, he would receive one-year, $34.5 million contracts.

Unlike the inflated salary of a mediocre quarterback, the Redskins upgraded their quarterback position with less money. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Alex Smith’s new deal with the Redskin’s is worth $94 million, significantly less than that of Kirk Cousins.

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