The cold dark winters of Cleveland are in effect and the trade of Alex Smith to Washington made the fans question will they get a veteran QB and who will it be? Tuesday night news broke that Alex Smith the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs would be going to the Washington Redskins when the new league year begins. What does this mean for the Cleveland Browns?
According to Marykay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns tried to trade for Smith before he was dealt to the Redskins. Ian Rappaport reported that the Chiefs will receive a third-round pick in the 2018 draft and a player to be named this week.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported the player is cornerback Kendall Fuller. The Redskins will sign Smith to a four-year $94 million extension.
This will not be official until the NFL’s new league year begins on March 14th.
Smith didn’t seem to be thrilled about the prospect of joining the Cleveland Browns, “I haven’t even thought about that,” Smith said earlier Tuesday when asked on The Dan Patrick Show about the possibility of being traded to the Browns (h/t Cabot). “They’ve got nowhere to go but up. 1-31 over the last two years just sounds amazing.”
The situation in Cleveland didn’t seem to fit the Smith scenario as they hold the number one and the number four picks in the draft this year which undoubtedly one will be earmarked for a quarterback. These developments lend itself to the belief that Kirk Cousins the current quarterback for the Redskins would not be a fit for Cleveland either. Cousins has made his desire known to play for a contender and with the Browns record of 1-31 over the last two seasons, this match seems unlikely.
Reported by Bleacher report, “Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No,” Cousins said on PFT Live, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “It is about winning, and that’s what I want more than anything, so I’m going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I’m in the best possible position to win, and that’s what the focus is going to be.”
What does this mean for the Cleveland Browns who are under the guidance of GM John Dorsey? To get an established veteran to come to Cleveland will be difficult. The money is important but not the selling point for many of these players. The ability to win and to win now is heavy on their minds. In addition to the fact that Cousins and Smith both do not appear to want to be looking over their shoulders as their potential replacements are being brought in to the building. This appeared to be a factor in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings. Dorsey will keep trying to work his magic but this offseason could be long and cold for Browns fans. Let’s hope he has an ace up his sleeve we have yet to see.