Miller: Cousins could take Broncos “over the edge”

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller said he has spoken to Kirk Cousins during the offseason this morning on the Dan Patrick Show.

‘Kirk could take us over the edge,” Miller said.

Cousins is set to become a free agent when the new league year begins.

The Redskins, who franchise tagged Cousins before each of the past two seasons, traded for Alex Smith last night. Smith and the Redskins agreed to a four-year contract extension shortly after.

With Smith presumably becoming the starter in Washington, Cousins is more than likely to leave in free agency.

Cousins finished the 2017 season with 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is one touchdown short of 100 over his six-year career.

Denver is in desperate need of a quarterback after a 5-11 season, during which they sent out three different starting quarterbacks, including prodigal son Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. The Broncos will have the option to choose from variety of highly touted quarterbacks with the fifth pick in the NFL Draft.

Other potential landing spots for Cousins include Cleveland and Jacksonville, but each of those teams have the potential to create controversy by signing Cousins. The Browns are expected to draft a quarterback with on of their two top five draft picks, and Blake Bortles had a successful season for the Jaguars.

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Alex Smith traded to Washington

The Kansas City Chiefs traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday night.

The news was first reported by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

The trade cannot be officially completed until the new league year begins at 3 p.m. on March 14th.

The 12-year veteran finished the 2017 season with 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns, both career highs. He threw just five interceptions in 505 attempts. The Chiefs lost in the Wild Card round to the Tennessee Titans.

Smith spent five seasons with the Chiefs after playing in San Francisco from 2005 to 2012. He lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII with Smith as his back-up.

2014 NFL Pro Bowl

Smith at the 2014 Pro Bowl.

Smith is due $14.5 million in 2018 and will become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

This move comes as current Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to leave in free agency. Washington has placed the franchise tender on Cousins before each of the past two seasons. With Smith on his way, Cousins’ departure is all but guaranteed.

It is expected that the Chiefs will start 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes.

UPDATE 11:00 pm.

Smith and the Redskins have agreed to a four year, $94 million contract extension.

 

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