Just hours after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Jaguars would be sticking with Blake Bortles in 2018, the Redskins and Chiefs agreed to a block buster deal that will greatly impact the landscape of the NFL offseason.
When the league year starts on March 14th the Chiefs will be finalizing a trade to send Alex Smith to the Redskins.
The final details will be ironed out tomorrow, but again, the deal won't go through until the start of the league year on 3/14.
Like Rapoport says, this means Kirk Cousins will hit free agency. And he will become one of, if not the, highest paid player in football.
Some have reported that the Jaguars would have interest in Cousins if he became available, but Rapoport's earlier report would seem to contradict that idea.
In any event, Alex Smith will no longer be an option for the Jaguars moving forward. So, for those of you out there that wanted the Jaguars to add a veteran QB this offseason things just got a lot messier. If the Jaguars were, in fact, in the market for a veteran QB this deal greatly limits their chances of landing one. There are several other teams around the league that will be on the hunt for a veteran QB and the Jaguars likely don't want to make Kirk Cousins the highest paid QB in football AND pay Blake Bortles. It's just not feasible. Now that Smith is off the market, there are likely no QBs outside of Cousins that would be a true upgrade over Blake Bortles in the eyes of the Jaguars.
For those desperate for a new QB in Jacksonville, you may have to hope the Jaguars see fit to draft one in April.
Stay tuned for more!
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