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Dissecting the Chiefs big trade

Could Alex Smith's trade clear the way for the Patrick Mahomes era?

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Alex Smith trade was no surprise. Rumors of his exit have been circulating since the end of the regular season. On Tuesday, those rumors became a reality when Kansas City traded him to Washington in exchange for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

The specifics of the trade are not yet available. At this point, the agreement is just verbal. NFL rules prohibit trades from becoming official before March 14. That leaves plenty of time for either team to back out of the deal, but if the deal goes through, he’s rumored to make an estimated $94 million, with $71 million guaranteed. The deal also will save the Chiefs $17 million against the 2018 salary cap. Of course, we won’t know that until March.

What does this mean for Texas Tech’s favorite son Patrick Mahomes? If the deal goes through, it clears the way for Mahomes to take over as starting quarterback.

In his regular season NFL debut, the first-round pick helped the Kansas City Chiefs take the win against the Denver Broncos by completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards and simultaneously impressing the crowd with some unforgettable plays. He turned a seemingly unimportant game into a memorable and entertaining one.

Perhaps this was the moment the Chiefs knew they made the right choice when they took a risk to trade up and draft him with the No. 10 overall pick.

Mahomes appears ready for the big stage. We’ve all seen those impressive plays and his world class arm strength. What’s even more exciting is the offensive talent on the Chiefs roster. Mahomes fits in perfectly with the Andy Reid style of offense, and Kansas City capitalized on an opportunity too good to pass up.

This is Mahomes’ opportunity to show the NFL that he has what it takes. Good luck Pat, we’re all rooting for you.