Arizona Cardinals: Alex Smith could be a reality
By Scott Allen
With his team out of the playoffs now, the Arizona Cardinals could start planning a possible trade to get Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith
There was a thought maybe the Kansas City Chiefs were going to make a run in the playoffs. Now that they didn’t, could that mean the Arizona Cardinals will start planning for the possibility they are going to go after Alex Smith?
Last week he wasn’t mentioned as one of the five possible quarterback candidates they could look at as their starter in 2018. Much of that had to do with the thought there would be no way with a nice playoff run that the Chiefs would move him, even with Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings.
A quick out and now some eyes may look east to the possibility. He isn’t the most exciting quarterback in the world but Smith certainly is a reliable veteran.
Smith is 34, so much like Carson Palmer, he could have a decent stay in Arizona. Maybe he could spend a few years here while the Cardinals wait for their future quarterback?
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The Cardinals should still draft a quarterback. They likely are out of the top three or four quarterbacks in the draft, although Baker Mayfield seems like a possibility at number 15 in the first round of the NFL Draft.
A middle-round pick is plausible. Many fans have clamored for a quarterback to be drafted. Even with Smith, they should get someone not necessarily a project but one that could be ready to take over in a few years.
The Chiefs loss the other day to the Tennessee Titans shouldn’t be on Smith. That is on the coaches.
Smith is accurate. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes in 2017, which was second-highest of his career. It was second only to his 2012 season, his last in San Francisco when he completed 70.2 percent.
He also only threw five interceptions in 2017. His quarterback rating finished at a career-high as well at 104.7.
There will be other teams besides Arizona calling on him for sure. What would the Chiefs ask for and what would the Cardinals be willing to part with? It may not be as much as you think.