Quarterback Alex Smith has a new home, as sources tell The Kansas Star that the Chiefs have reached agreement to trade their veteran starter of the last five seasons to Washington.
There is no word on the compensation yet, and any trade involving Smith can’t be completed until the first day of the new league year, which begins at 3 p.m. on March 14. But the sources say the deal is in place and will proceed.
Smith, 33, is coming off a stellar season in which he set career-highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7).
However, Smith was entering the final year of his contract with the Chiefs, and he has a cap number of $20.6 million for 2018. By trading him, the club stands to save $17 million.
The deal also clears the way for 2017 first-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes to become the Chiefs’ new starting quarterback. Mahomes’ regular-season NFL debut, a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Dec. 31, was a success.
Mahomes completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with an interception in the game and showed poise while leading the Chiefs’ game-winning drive.
“I think he’s got what it takes man,” Denver cornerback Aqib Talib said at the Pro Bowl. “He’s got a super strong arm, he can make all the throws. He made great reads in our game. I know we had a simple game plan on defense, but he made great reads and took control of the game.”
Smith was acquired from San Francisco in 2013 for two third-round picks. He posted a 50-26 record as a starter since arriving in Kansas City and has made two straight Pro Bowl appearances.
Philly’s poles to get slicker
Philadelphia police think they’ve found something better than Crisco to keep Philadelphia fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles win the Super Bowl.
But they are keeping their playbook secret.
A contingent of workers who jokingly called themselves the “Crisco Cops” applied shortening to light poles before the NFC championship game, but it failed to stop some fans after the Eagles victory.
Asked Tuesday whether police have found something slicker, Commissioner Richard Ross said, “We think so.”
He promised that whatever police do, “it will be safe … but it will be effective.”
‘Safe’ halftime show urged
A watchdog group is politely pleading with Justin Timberlake to keep his Super Bowl halftime show “safe for the children watching.”
In an open letter to the entertainer issued Tuesday, the Parents Television Council hopes there isn’t a repeat of what happened in 2004 when Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast.
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