Cleveland Browns Attempted To Trade For Alex Smith

Cleveland Browns Attempted To Trade For Alex Smith

Here's why Cousins won't be complaining (hint: $$$), and what this shocking January trade means for the rest of the teams hunting for quarterbacks in 2018.

Before the Chiefs traded Smith to the Washington Redskins Tuesday night, the Niners were desperate.

Fuller was considered the number two cornerback in Washington behind All-Pro Josh Norman. The Redskins reportedly gave Smith, who turns 34 in May, a four-year, $94 million extension with $71 million guaranteed. It also allows the team to focus on other positions of need in the upcoming National Football League draft.

But now, the game has changed, and they might have to change their strategy.

The deal spells the end for Kirk Cousins in Washington as it is clear now that the team will not put the franchise tag on him for a third-consecutive year and instead let him walk in free agency. Top candidates include the Jets, Browns, Broncos and Cardinals.

Of course, the Jets are once again in the market for a quarterback, have more than $70 million to spend this offseason and could free up even more cap space by releasing some players, namely defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Arizona has become a more favorable free-agent destination in recent years and is starting a new era under new head coach Steve Wilks. If the Browns somehow land Cousins, 29, and it won't be easy, it could alter their draft strategy. At minimum, the Niners probably would receive two first-round picks, a second-round pick and a third-round pick. The only question is whether he wants Cousins bad enough. When they Brown state their case, they can point to the difference Jimmy Garoppolo made in San Francisco this season. Then again, drafting a franchise signal caller at a fraction of the price is tempting. Unfortunately for Smith, the Chiefs came off of a high when they were knocked out of the playoffs in the wild-card round at Arrowhead Stadium, losing to the Tennessee Titans 22-21.

But listening to his interviews on radio row Tuesday leads one to believe that 1-31 will be a hard sell.

"Is money a part of it?" "It is about winning, and that's what I want more than anything".

Cousins told Pro Football Talk this week that he is "willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win" in the future.

Here's how the trade will affect the Falcons both this season and going forward. That can be Washington. I haven't looked much into it, but it seems like he got paid pretty nicely. "That's what's going to matter". They are aging at the running back position and dealt with inconsistency along the offensive line. Some will command bigger salaries than others.

Speaking to several NFL front office executives Wednesday about Cousins reveals a belief around the league that Cousins is a good quarterback who needs a strong team around him to win.

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