Alex Smith trade can’t be finalized until March 14

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Actually, you have. But we’ll keep going anyway.

The trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to Washington can’t be finalized until the new league year begins on March 14. This means that, technically, the deal can fall though between now and then.

Technically, no deal is done until it’s done. That was the case five years ago, when the Chiefs acquired Smith from the 49ers. The deal was reported before the start of the league year, but the deal wasn’t done — and could have been undone — before then.

Officially, Washington or Kansas City could back out of the latest Alex Smith trade. Smith, also, could decide he doesn’t want to sign a contract extension in Washington, which could make Washington less interested in consummating the deal.

Already, reports have surfaced that the Browns and Cardinals had interest in Smith. Other teams may have tried to get him, too. Other teams may decide, not that the trade and financial parameters have been leaked, to try to outdo what Washington has done.

It definitely would create hard feelings and bruised egos if anyone reneges. It would also be hard for the Chiefs, Washington, and/or Alex Smith’s agent to do business in the future if this one falls through. Regardless, it still can fall through at any point between now and March 14, because it can’t be official until then.

11 responses to “Alex Smith trade can’t be finalized until March 14

  1. Money talks BS walks. If someone offers up a sweeter package to the Chiefs they would be foolish to pass on it.

  2. “hailtothenamechange says:
    January 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    I hope Washington is talking tag-and-trade scenarios for Cousins rather than just letting him walk. They have six weeks to find a partner behind the scenes.”

    Nobody is going to trade for Cousins when that tag costs $34 million.

  3. I have a feeling this one will stick. The Redskins needed a solution at QB, which this solves, and the Chiefs are very interested in Kendall Fuller, as they should be. He’s the “throwaway” portion of this contract that national media is barely covering, but that corner is a rising star / stud and will instantly improve the Chief’s defense. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy to see some sort of constancy at the QB position, but I’m not happy to see Fuller go, and I have a feeling we’ll be watching him in pro bowls and big games in the future. Sigh.

  4. I think, given Florio’s take here with all these other teams coming out now and saying that they were interested in Alex Smith, that Fuller wasn’t a throwaway. He was the premium that the Skins had to pay to do this move now rather than wait until March 14th and risk that another team would have jumped them and made the trade before with either a better package or by having the foresight to consummate the deal before the beginning of the league year.

  5. The problem with accepting another offer for KC is that that other deal cannot be finalized yet either. That means KC can wind up being stuck with Smith if that other team backs out and Washington then takes offense and refuse to resubmit its offer.

    So it looks like Washington has given up on Cousins, just as KC has given up on Smith. Jim Harbaugh also gave up on Smith in 2012.

  6. Smart move by the Chiefs. Announce the trade, announce the terms, see if anyone comes up with something better. If some team comes up with a better deal, only the Redskins get screwed, unless of course Cleveland comes up with the best offer.

  7. “Nobody is going to trade for Cousins when that tag costs $34 million.”

    The idea in the tag-and-trade is that the new team works out a deal that replaces the tag before the trade is made.

  8. As a long suffering Skins fan, this trade is continued front office chaos. W/ Cousins, you had a home grown, proven QB w/ experience in the system. Almost always, NFL success goes hand in hand w/ consistency & a lack of volatility (see Patriots, Packers). Constant change = failure (see Redskins, Browns). I like Alex Smith, but, this transaction is so typical of Snyder & the front office clowns playing Fantasy Football w/ our franchise. On top of the trade, we give away a highly respected, highly rated, young defensive play in Fuller. The Skins screwed the pooch w/ Cousins when they didn’t sign him for a bargain 3 years ago.

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