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Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington, Cousins' status in limbo


The Kirk Cousins era in Washington appears to be over.

The Chiefs have agreed to ship quarterback Alex Smith to the nation’s capital, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

Washington will send a third-round pick and an unidentified player as part of the deal, according to ESPN.

The deal can’t be made official until the the new league year, which begins March 14.

Smith, 33, had a career year with the Chiefs, setting personal highs in passing yardage (4,042) and touchdowns (26).

Alex Smith is reportedly headed to Washington.

(Steve Nesius/AP)

With the acquisition of Smith, Washington will amost surely let Cousins leave in free agency. It will be the first time a healthy franchise quarterback has hit the open market in recent memory.

Cousins, 29, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He previously played under the franchise tag each of the last two seasons after failing to come to an agreement with Washington on a long-term extension. Washington has the option to franchise tag Cousins again, but doing so would cost the team $34 million.

Smith's days in Kansas City appeared numbered after the team elected to trade up and draft Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes with 10th pick in the 2017 draft.