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WASHINGTON (AP) Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to
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, a move that spells the end of Kirk
Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick
Mahomes.

Two people with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the move to The
Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the
transaction can’t be completed until the start of the new league year in March.
One person told the AP the Redskins had agreed to a four-year extension with
Smith, who had one year left on his contract.

Smith, who turns 34 in May, spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs,
leading them to the playoffs four times while throwing for 102 touchdowns and 33
interceptions. He carries a $17 million salary-cap hit for 2018.

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Kansas City saves cap space and can turn to Mahomes, the 10th pick in last
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, as its new starter.

Smith becomes Washington’s new franchise quarterback after throwing for
31,888 yards and 183 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers
and Chiefs.

Smith is ”one of the best competitors and teammates I’ve ever been around,”
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce posted on Twitter. ”Someone who I owe a lot of my
success to, and a guy that’s been a class act through all the ups n downs.”

The Redskins acquired Smith and signed him to the kind of long-term deal they
balked at with Cousins, who became the first QB to play back-to-back seasons on
the franchise tag. Cousins can become a free agent next month at age 29.

”Nothing really surprises me anymore,” Redskins tight end Niles Paul tweeted
. Former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III tweeted : ”Some how…Some way…they will
blame this on me. No doubt.”

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, drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round
out of Michigan State in 2012 – the same year they traded up to Griffin with the
No 2 pick – likely leaves Washington with the fourth-most passing yards in
franchise history, more than 16,000.

Under coach Jay Gruden, Cousins became the first Redskins QB to start all 16
games for three consecutive seasons. He threw for at least 4,000 yards in each,
while totaling 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. But Washington only played in
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, going 9-7, 8-7-1 and, most recently, 7-9 in
Cousins’ time as a starter.

Cousins has been the biggest question hovering over Washington’s offseason –
and, indeed, hovering over the whole organization for a couple of years as the
team failed to sign him to a long-term deal.

According to ESPN Giants
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, Washington is sending a third-round draft
pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the trade, which cannot be
finalized until March 14. The Kansas City Star first reported the deal.

This is the second time a team coached by Andy Reid has traded a 33-year-old
QB to the Redskins. Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles dealt Donovan McNabb to
Washington in 2010 for second- and third-round picks.

AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta and Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich
contributed to this report.

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