Miami Dolphins helped by Alex Smith trade to Washington

Current NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins cheers on during the seven-vs-seven touch football game in part of a fundraiser for Holland Christian High School in Holland Mich. Friday

Current NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins cheers on during the seven-vs-seven touch football game in part of a fundraiser for Holland Christian High School in Holland Mich. Friday

Bow your head and give thanks.

So I don't understand this move for Washington. By adding Smith, they've done no damage to the franchise, though they'll still need to look for a "quarterback of the future". "There is two that are potentially available that could change your franchise".

Luckily for Smith, he doesn't need too many connections to succeed with new scenery. Or, they could sit there and take Saquon Barkley, reshuffling the entire draft from that point on. But Garoppolo's arrival in an October 31 trade altered that scenario, and his 5-0 December entrenched him in the 49ers' long-term plans. And they should. They should trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Productive starting quarterbacks in the National Football League do not typically become free agents in the prime of their career. But I do not think Alex Smith is as good as Kirk Cousins. For the Dolphins, they will still get a top prospect no matter who or what position they play but if they are truly hoping for a quarterback, they may get their wish if Cousins lands with one of the ten teams ahead of them.

"The ultimate leader of men on the field and one of the best teammates you could possibly have in the locker room", center Mitch Morse wrote. He has the ideal skillset for a quarterback and was successful in a short period of time with the 49ers.

The first bomb dropped Tuesday night in what is expected to an offseason of considerable volatility among quarterbacks in the NFL. It's not the way the National Football League operates; the conventional wisdom is that draft picks are gold. Other rookies would be much riskier selections. But there's also a risk that one of them will be a total bust, crippling the franchise again for years to come. That trade now joins this list; it remains to be seen if it plays out better. He's one of the smartest players I've ever played with, one of the most athletic guys, can make plays. Yeah, you already know that right there could be disastrous next season until the Jets make some big moves to bolster the most important position on the team. He will be on the market with teams like Cleveland, the New York Jets and Denver likely in hot pursuit.

The deal: The Redskins traded picks in the first, second and third rounds to Minnesota for Brad Johnson. Whatever Ryan gets on his deal, which will be predicated on what Cousins gets from his eventual suitor, Rodgers will then leap over that. For starters, offensive players can rejuvenate their career with him. He is a proven commodity.

The leader of that defense, Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller, was asked about Cousins on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday.

While Smith has averaged 20.9 completions, Cousins has averaged 23.6 and he also has a greater completion percentage. But, there are reasons for that.

As an unrestricted free agent, he will have a chance to do that, provided a contending team has interest. And he lost to injury a starting tight end (Jordan Reed), a starting running back (Robert Kelley), a starting guard (Shawn Lauvao) and a starting tackle (Trent Williams).

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