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Mr. Smith won’t be coming to Minnesota as K.C. reportedly agrees to deal QB to Washington

By Judd Zulgad

Alex Smith will be leaving Kansas City but it won’t be for the Vikings.

With Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater set to hit free agency in March, there has been speculation since the Vikings’ season ended that they might be best served to make a run at trading for Smith and taking on the $14.5 million base salary and $17 million salary-cap hit he will be due in the final season of his contract in 2018.

But any chance of that happening disappeared on Tuesday night when the Kansas City Star reported the Chiefs have agreed to trade Smith to Washington. The NFL’s new league year won’t begin until March, so the trade won’t be official until that time.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the trade will involve a draft pick and a player and that deal will be finalized on Wednesday. This also means that the Redskins won’t put the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins for a third season, meaning Cousins will hit the open market and received a monster deal from a quarterback-starved franchise. The Vikings could be among the teams to make a run at Cousins.

Smith, who was selected by San Francisco with the first-overall pick in 2005, was traded to the Chiefs for two second-round picks before the 2013 season. The Chiefs made the playoffs four times in five years with Smith as their quarterback.

It was expected the Chiefs would deal the 33-year-old Smith because they took Patrick Mahomes with their first-round pick in 2017. Mahomes started only one game this season as he served as Smith’s backup.

Keenum was the Vikings’ starter for most of this season and the team could look to keep him by either signing him to an extension or placing the franchise tag on him. It’s unclear what the team’s plan for the position is at this point.

The post Mr. Smith won’t be coming to Minnesota as K.C. reportedly agrees to deal QB to Washington appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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