Reports: Kansas City Chiefs agree to deal QB Alex Smith to Redskins

Hours after quarterback Alex Smith said he hoped to remain in Kansas City, the Chiefs reached an agreement to trade him to the Washington Redskins, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday night.

Smith, 33, spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs. His deal to Washington can't be completed until the new NFL business year begins March 14, and there was no immediate word on Kansas City's return in the trade.

The Kansas City Star reported that the trade of Smith, who has a $20.6 million salary-cap figure for 2018, to the Redskins would save the Chiefs $17 million.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Smith agreed to a four-year extension with Washington that runs through the end of the 2021 season. Smith had one year remaining on a four-year, $68 million extension he signed in September 2014.

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NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Safety Karl Joseph #42 of the Oakland Raiders deflects a pass intended for wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Tennessee Titans in the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs stiff arms Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots as he runs for a 4-yard rushing touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Jerick McKinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 17, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr /Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: J.J. Nelson #14 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a juggling catch in the second quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives over strong safety Justin Simmons #31 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Corey Grant of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled Tony Jefferson of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars dives into the end zone for a 2 yard touchdown in the second quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks for an open receiver in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Will Fuller #15 of the Houston Texans makes a reception for a touchdown as he slips behind Terrance Mitchell of the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons stretches for a touchdown against Kiko Alonso #47 and Nate Allen #29 of the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets is seen fumbling the ball after what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints breaks up a pass thrown to Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 52-38. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: The New Orleans Saints defense celebrates during the second half of a game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is upended by linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs after a catch over the middle during the second half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images )
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers attempts an interception on a pass to A.J. Derby #83 of the Denver Broncos during the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 26: A cat runs on the field during the fourth quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on October 26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 22: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown pass as he is defended by Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Ted Ginn #19 of the New Orleans Saints catches a pass as he is defended by Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 06: Brett Hundley #7 of the Green Bay Packers avoids a tackle attempt by Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Lambeau Field on November 6, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball under pressure from Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys and Brian Price #92 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions makes a tackle against Rashard Higgins #81 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half at Ford Field on November 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 19: Preston Smith #94 of the Washington Redskins hits Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints and is called for a roughing the passer penalty at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball to score a touchdown against outside linebacker Bruce Carter #54 of the New York Jets during the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Trey Flowers #98 and Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots recover a fumble during the third quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Los Angeles Rams runs onto the field prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Byron Marshall #34 of the Washington Redskins leaps over Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys on a run in the first quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 03: Logan Ryan #26 of the Tennessee Titans swats away a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 3: Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots stiff arms Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter on December 3, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints dives for a touchdown as he is tackled by De'Vondre Campbell #59 of the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 7, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Colton Schmidt #6 of the Buffalo Bills walks the field before a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers leaps into the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 31-24. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots fails to complete a touchdown against the defense of T.J. McDonald #22 of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton #12 juggles the ball for an incomplete pass against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Ford Field on December 16, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Damiere Byrd #18 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown pass against Josh Hawkins #28 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 24: Tight end Evan Engram #88 of the New York Giants is unable to catch the pass against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31: Darrius Heyward-Bey #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs up field for a 29 yard touchdown run in the first quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his 25 yard touchdown catch against cornerback Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 31, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The deal would allow the Chiefs to install 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes as the starting quarterback. Kansas City traded two first-round picks and a third-rounder to move up 17 spots and grab Mahomes 10th overall in April. The 22-year-old threw for 284 yards and an interception in his lone rookie start, a Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos that was irrelevant to the Chiefs' playoff seeding.

The deal likely signals the end of quarterback Kirk Cousins' time in Washington. The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins each of the past two offseasons and could have done so again, although it would come at a hefty price tag of $34 million this time around. He said Tuesday "there's no need to change the script" in how he approached the situation this offseason.

The Redskins limped to a 7-9 finish in 2017 amid a rash of injuries. They made the playoffs at 9-7 in 2015 and missed out at 8-7-1 in 2016.

The Chiefs won the AFC West this season at 10-6 but lost 22-21 to the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the playoffs.

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Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) gets past Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan (91) during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) catches a pass against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is helped off the field against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (14) is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith (33) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) reaches for a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson (20) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is pushed out of bounds by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) celebrates after an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: A detail of a fan's haircut during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs stretches the ball over the goal line after breaking the tackle of free safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled after making a catch during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs high fives teammate wide receiver Albert Wilson #12 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in the endzone for a touchdown as inside linebacker Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans defends during the 1st quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Speaking Tuesday on "The Dan Patrick Show," Smith said when asked where he would play in 2018 if it were up to him: "I love where I'm at. I feel like we underachieved. I feel like we, offensively last year, did some awesome things.

"But who knows? I've been playing long enough. I've been through this before, the trade deal, so I'm not naive to it. This is a crazy business and a lot of crazy stuff can happen, so we'll see."

Smith just finished his best season in the NFL, posting career marks in touchdown passes (26), yards per attempt (8.0), interception percentage (1.0) and passer rating (104.7), with the latter two figures leading the league.

Smith also led the league in passer rating (104.1) in 2012, when he started nine games for the San Francisco 49ers before sustaining a concussion and watching Colin Kaepernick seize the starting job and take the team to Super Bowl XLVII. The 49ers traded Smith to the Chiefs for two first-round picks the following offseason.

"I wish I knew," Smith said when asked where he'll be playing in 2018. "I wish I was in control of this thing. I wish I was the one that got to be able to do this, but that's just not the reality."

--Field Level Media

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