Could Alex Smith trade fall through?

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When the information robots began to simultaneously declare that the Chiefs had traded quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, the more accurate characterization was that the two teams and Smith had struck tentative deals both to trade Smith and to extend his contract.

Even now, more than a week later, either the trade or the contract extension can fall through, since the trade can’t happen until March 14. And if the football-following world learned anything in the aftermath of the Josh McDaniels situation, it’s that nothing is done until it’s actually done.

It remains unlikely that the Smith deal will fall through, but it still could. Especially if Washington continues to flirt with the stupid notion of applying the franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins. If they go through with it — and if Cousins were to sign the one-year tender, putting him under contract for one year at $34.47 million — Smith could instantly lose interest in joining a team that potentially will be stuck with Cousins and an untradeable one-year contract.

Also, if Washington decides to play a game of chess/chicken with Cousins and loses, Washington may independently decide to keep Cousins for a year, canceling the trade and explaining to the Chiefs and Smith that circumstances unexpectedly changed.

Either way, the McDaniels incident should remind everyone that, until these deals are officially done, anything can happen. And, sometimes, anything does.

40 responses to “Could Alex Smith trade fall through?

  1. If the Redskins franchise Cousins a third time then they have taken the title of “Worst Run Franchise” away from the Browns.

    1) Cousins will sign and get paid 34MM. Then he’ll be free next year and sign an even bigger contract.

    2) They won’t be able to afford him and Alex Smith so that trade wont get done. The Redskins will spiral downward to 5-11 for several year after that.

  2. It would make no sense, but it is the Redskins, they have Alex on the cheap compared
    tp Jimmy G. and they have shown they’re not going to commit to a long term and
    expensive contract. They shouldn’t play chess with Kirk, he’s beaten them on
    every move so far, he just might sign that Tag.

  3. indiapalealeblog says:
    1) Cousins will sign and get paid 34MM. Then he’ll be free next year and sign an even bigger contract

    Now that’s funny, delusional, but funny.

  4. realtruthteller102 says:
    February 10, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    god bless mr Snyder

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    Must have a favorite team in NFC East.

  5. The franchise tag system, the Redskins and Cousins have completely ruined the QB market. QB salaries are simply rising far too fast in relation to the league salary cap.

    I hope these QBs are happy sleeping on their piles of money every night while the rest of their team is comprised of UDFA’s and cast-offs. Ask Joe Flacco and the Ravens how that works out.

  6. Accordingbto the story there is no sign of the deal falling through, and the story says its unlikely. Yet it leads with a headline that is cleverly worded as a quedtion that makes a suggestion. At least the Bost Herald had an unnamed source.

  7. ANYWHERE but Minnesota!!!!! At his rate,if all players made the same, instead of over 50 players, a team could have 7???? GREED!!! GREED!!!!! GREED!!!!
    Soon to be the death of the League when folks cannot afford live games, and todays kids grow up and could care less about Football. It is all Soccer for the majority of youth right now.

  8. Unlike Josh McDaniels, Washington won’t break promises and be viewed as a person/team that no one will want to setup furure contracts with. Integrity has value, and its a value McDaninels will never get back.

  9. Alex Smith ranks among the best on the league at his position every season, yet it seems no one wants him. He was scape goated out of town in SF, and it looks like he will suffer the same fate in KC. Teams must get sick of winning or something.

  10. Wellman says:
    February 10, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    Accordingbto the story there is no sign of the deal falling through, and the story says its unlikely. Yet it leads with a headline that is cleverly worded as a quedtion that makes a suggestion. At least the Bost Herald had an unnamed source.

    Amen.

  11. There aren’t any Patriots involved here so I don’t see any shenanigans going on. They’re not going to tag Cousins….

  12. The redskins would be beyond stupid if they franchised Cousins.
    Cousins can sign the tender and then what do the Redskins do?
    Even if he doesnt sign, they need to put $34mil away to account for him, right?
    Even Bruce Allen can’t be that dense. Or maybe he can.

  13. Alex from Pebble Beach

    “I’m jacked. I’m really excited,” Smith told the radio station via 247sports.com while preparing to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. “Once I found out that obviously, things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped for the opportunity. When Washington came calling, I was hopeful that was a possible destination. I’m jacked that it worked out. They wanted me and the feeling was mutual.”

  14. alexis smith is a bust. and so is cousins. both a bunch of garbage.

    you want a real quarterback, look no further than deshone kizer.

  15. a value McDaninels will never get back

    Yeah, I’m sure you were a big fan of his up until that moment.

  16. You guys aren’t thinking big picture like the great Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. The move is to keep Smith, tag and sign Cousins, and trade the next 5 first rd draft picks for Jimmy G and his new contract. That way the skins can set a record by paying $90 million to one position in one year. Come on Dan, this one is a no brainer!

  17. As a true Redskins fan (which means I loathe every breath that Daniel “Little Napoleon” Snyder takes), I actually hope that this Alex Smith deal falls through – and also I hope Cousins flees the team. I want this team to suffer and let Chris thompson deal with what it is like to have mediocrity at QB instead of one who has had enough of the misery of three years of his team not believing in him.

    I hope this team never wins again.

    Sell the team, Snyder – NOW!

  18. atwaterslaughter says:
    February 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    If it keeps Cousins out of Denver, then I’m praying it falls through! Overrated!!
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    Yeah, you should continue just rotating Lynch, Osweiler and Siemian cause thats working really well for you.

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