Former Ute Alex Smith to be traded to Washington

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KANSAS CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Mr. Smith is reportedly going to Washington.

Former University of Utah star quarterback will reportedly be traded from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he has spent the last five seasons, to the Washington Redskins.

The Kansas City Star first reported the trade, which can’t become official until the start of the league year on March 14.

The Redskins would give Kansas City a third-round pick and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller as compensation, sources told ESPN. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen also reported that Smith would sign a four-year extension with the Redskins, averaging $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money.

Smith is coming off the best season of his 12-year NFL career, throwing for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Signs have pointed for some time that the Chiefs would trade Smith, their starting quarterback since he was acquired in 2013. They last year traded up in the first round to draft Patrick Mahomes II, who looked ready to become a regular in the one game he started this season. The Chiefs also need some salary-cap relief and would save $17 million by trading Smith.

Smith, 33, came to the Chiefs in a 2013 trade that sent two second-round draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers, who made Smith the number one overall selection out of Utah in 2005. 

Smith guided the Chiefs to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. The Chiefs won the AFC West in each of the past two seasons.

But Smith was only 1-4 with the Chiefs in the playoffs and couldn’t guide them past the divisional round. The Chiefs scored just 16 points in their 2016 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and were shut out in the second half of their postseason defeat against the Tennessee Titans earlier this month.

Smith spent the first eight seasons of his career with the 49ers. He was having at the time his best NFL season in 2012 when he was benched late in the year in favor of Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers went on that season to the Super Bowl with Smith as a backup.

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