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Alex Smith isn’t the first QB Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has traded to the Redskins

Alex Smith, Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is not new to trading quarterbacks. To be more precise, the Chiefs trade of Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins is not the first time that the mustached mentor has shipped a 33-year-old quarterback to the NFC East team.

Reddit user Lotto24 reminded NFL fans on the popular website that Reid once traded a 33-year-old Donovan McNabb to the Redskins back in 2010, when he was still coaching for the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only that, both Smith and McNabb were coming off Pro-Bowl seasons when they were sent packing for Washington.

Smith was traded by Andy Reid and the Chiefs in exchange for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft just after the quarterback had an amazing season in Kansas City. In his last season with the Chiefs, Smith collected career-high numbers of 4,042 passing yards and 26 touchdowns with only five interceptions in 15 games in the regular season. Although the Chiefs were upset in the wild-card round by the Tennessee Titans, the Chiefs’ immediate future looked promising with Smith. Kansas City’s outlook has now changed, however, with Patrick Mahomes expected to take over the reins under center for the team.

Donovan McNabb, meanwhile, was traded to the Redskins in April of 2010, seven months before turning 34, for a pair of future picks. McNabb played for only one season for Redskins, and it was arguably his worst of his career. In 2010, McNabb threw for 3,377 yards and 14 touchdowns, and had 15 interceptions and a 77.1 quarterback rating. Hopefully for the Redskins, Smith won’t suffer the same disastrous first season in Washington.