Smith to join Redskins

01 February 2018 01:02:40 GMTPlus11

With quarterbacks the focus on the NFL Draft in April, the Kansas City Chiefs got a start on the offseason on Tuesday by agreeing to send Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

It's a move that impacts more than the two clubs as Kirk Cousins will now become a free agent with the Denver Broncos expected to make a strong push for the Washington star.

That then makes it unlikely that the Broncos will take one of the top signal callers in the NFL Draft, a move that opens up opportunities for the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and others.

Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield from Wyoming, UCLA, USC and Oklahoma respectively are anticipated to be the first four quarterbacks off the board although in what order is the subject of debate.

Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State and Lamar Jackson of Louisville could also sneak into the first round especially given that a five-year contract is on offer rather than the maximum four-year deal to those taken in the second round. Rudolph and Jackson could equally slide depending on what happens at the scouting combine.

Meanwhile, over at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, 40-year old quarterback Tom Brady hopes to lead the New England Patriots to his sixth Super Bowl triumph. The Patriots, 1.44 to win Super Bowl LII, traded away both of his backups this year and it will be curious to see if they see the need to grab a potential replacement in the first couple of rounds.

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