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ESPN writer thinks Chiefs will trade Alex Smith to AFC rival after the season

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

Rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes may not see the field this season for the Chiefs, but few people doubt he’ll be the starter in 2018.

So what does that mean for current starter Alex Smith? If he is not on the Chiefs’ roster on June 1, 2018, the Chiefs can save $17 million in salary-cap room. That’s why many people think the Chiefs will either release Smith or try and work out a trade.

One ESPN writer thinks it will be the latter.

Mike Sando projected starting quarterbacks in 2018 for teams in need. He sees Smith as a good fit for the Bills. shared what Sando wrote:

The Bills own additional picks in each of the first two rounds of the 2018 draft. They acquired the additional first-rounder from Kansas City in the trade to draft Mahomes. Why not send another pick back to the Chiefs for Smith?

Buffalo owns Kansas City’s first-round pick and got a second-round pick from the Rams.

Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was benched for one game last month, and his future in Buffalo seems tenuous.

Sando wrote:

It’s clear the Bills aren’t interested in paying Tyrod Taylor the $16 million he would receive in 2018 under his existing deal. Smith is set to earn $17 million in 2018, which is the final year of his current deal with the Chiefs.

“Alex would be a good fit,” an insider from the AFC East said. “It’s a West Coast zone-blocking system and Alex is mobile enough to run the naked. (Sean) McDermott could promise him a decent defense. Alex fits that bill.”

McDermott worked under current Chiefs coach Andy Reid when he was the Eagles head coach.

While the Bills are not a division rival, they have played the Chiefs nine times in the last 10 years (2016 is the only exception).

Sando also thinks the Bills could draft a quarterback.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith commented on the 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the team’s fifth loss in six games.

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