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Stunning stat differences between Redskins quarterbacks Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins

Alex Smith, Kirk Cousins

Tereza A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star earlier dropped a bomb by breaking the news that the Kansas City Chiefs have traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. What followed that report are numerous speculations about the seemingly inevitable end of quarterback Kirk Cousins’ stint in Washington.

Kirk Cousins is going to be a free agent this coming March, and with Smith’s move to Washington, it looks like Cousins’ days as a Redskin are numbered. Speaking of numbers, Grant Paulsen of NBC Washington tried to give some context on what the Redskins are getting in Alex Smith and what they have gotten so far out of Cousins. The comparison is interesting, to say the least.

Alex Smith has been a starter for 12 years. He’s thrown for more than 23 TD’s one time. He’s thrown for more than 4,000 yards just once. Cousins has eclipsed both totals in all 3 of his seasons starting.

What Paulsen is partly implying with his tweet is that Smith is merely just an older version and a less potent version of Cousins. That said, the Redskins appear to be happy with the trade, as they instantly inked Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension worth $94 million.

Smith’s value has risen of late following an outstanding season with the Chiefs in which he played for 15 games and amassed career-best numbers of 4,042 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 341 completions, and a 104.7 quarterback rating.

While Cousins have more 4,000 yards and 23 touchdowns seasons than Smith, Paulsen forgot (or ignored) to mention that Smith never got picked off more than eight times in any of his five seasons with Kansas City. Cousins, meanwhile, had 11,12, and 13 in first three years as the Redskins’ starter.