The Kansas City Chiefs will be “open” to trading starting quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
With rookie Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings, the Chiefs are reportedly ready to entertain any offers for Smith, and will pull the trigger if they’re blown away by an offer.
While the Chiefs won’t actively seek out trade partners, they will listen.
However, the Chiefs will likely hang on the 33-year-old Smith if the veteran QB can get them to the Super Bowl. To do that, Smith will have to win a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, which is something he’s never done during his Chiefs career.
In four seasons with the team, Smith is 1-5 in the postseason. Although he’s been an above-average quarterback in Kansas City, that success hasn’t translated to the postseason, which is a big reason why the team has been looking to move on from him.
Mahomes is the heir apparent and the reason the team believes it can make a smooth transition from Smith. The rookie’s play during Week 17 impressed team brass, going 22-of-35 for 284 yards with an interception in his first game.
If Smith, who’s set to make $17 million next season, is dealt for the second time in his career, he is expected to go for more than the two second-round picks the Chiefs gave up to the 49ers for him, due to his recent success in Kansas City.
Smith would be an instant upgrade at quarterback for multiple teams. He led the NFL in QB rating in 2017, was second in yards per attempt and threw fewer interceptions than any other quarterback who started at least 15 games.
According to Rapoport, the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos are among the teams that could have interest pursuing Smith.