Oh? Okay...I guess. I mean, I suppose I can see the Redskins thought process. In fact, with the amount of mediocre quarterbacks getting monstrous amounts of money committed to them for years on end, it's actually refreshing to see a team play hard-to-get and continue to kick the can down the road until they stumble upon an elite talent at the most important position on the field. Little weird to give up multiple assets - including one of the best slot corners in football - to maintain a level of play that's similar to what they have been getting out of Kirk Cousins, but no one has ever argued that it's easy to keep your situation under center both highly functioning and highly fluid while keeping costs down.
Wait, wha...what did you just say?
And somewhere, within the luxury mansion that was paid for - in full - by the Redskins commitment issues, one particular God-fearing, soon-to-be free agent quarterback just shot up off the couch and let out a "YOU LIKE THAT?!?".
Kirk Cousins has dealt with no shortage of disregard since saving Washington from becoming best known as the place that RG3's "shooting star in the night sky"-esque career went to get sacrificed to the Seahawks defense. Hell, his own Team President refused to put in the time to properly address him by the name his parents gave him, so we aren't talking about a guy who is a stranger to being disrespected...
Still, crowning Alex Smith - of all people - as the eventual winner of their "will they? won't they?" game might just be the meanest thing the Redskins have ever done to him. If we are measuring in insanely fickle sports years, Kirk Cousins has basically been stuck in limbo long enough to make the most loving of girlfriend slam the toilet lid down on a significant other whose cheeks had fallen asleep on an empty pot. Seriously, the Redskins essentially ended their long, arduous relationship with their starting quarterback by turning around, getting on one knee, and offering the proverbial ring to a more weathered version of him? Granted, they saved a nice chunk of money by doing so, but was it enough money justify giving up a mid-round pick, a young starting caliber player, and the multiple years off the biological clock they lost in trading in Kirk Cousins for an older model whose increase in efficiency more or less offsets his unwillingness to take the chances necessary to win big in today's NFL?
I honestly don't mind Alex Smith as a franchise quarterback, but I do fundamentally disagree with offering a solid return to bring him aboard a roster that's slightly less talented than it was yesterday. As I see it, they gave up pieces to make a move that is more lateral than $70 million guaranteed for slightly-above-average is frugal. It'll be interesting to see if they are still getting bang for their buck when 23.4 million of them are being spent on a 37 year passer who - even in his prime - wasn't much of a downfield one.