And finishing the year by losing seven of 12 (including the playoff game) was not going to convince GM Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid to hang onto Smith.
The move marked the first time the Chiefs selected a quarterback in the first round since taking Penn State's Todd Blackledge in 1983. The writing may have been on the wall no matter what Smith did this season after Kansas City took Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
But any chance of that happening disappeared on Tuesday night when the Kansas City Star reported the Chiefs have agreed to trade Smith to Washington. Asked about moving to the Browns, Smith said he has not "even thought about it", but they have "nowhere to go but up". "I feel that [way]". This year, they saw a mediocre Titans team erase an 18-point deficit in Kansas City to advance to the next round.
Before the Smith trade Cousins said his availability as a free agent was uncertain because the Redskins had until March 6 to place a franchise tag on him. Cousins has played for both McVay and Shanahan and knows Bates would be a good fit for his skills. "I feel like we underachieved. A lot of insane stuff can happen, so we'll see". In each of the last three seasons, he has completed no less than 64 percent of his passes.
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Smith is coming off his best season in the National Football League, setting career-high numbers with 26 touchdowns, 4,042 passing yards and a 104.7 passer rating.
Meanwhile, the Redskins get a proven quarterback who is coming off the best seasons of his career.
So it's not as if Smith is any stranger to helping a team go from worst to first.
Although Smith said he wishes he could be in control of his 2018 destiny, he hopes he'll be staying in Kansas City.