Several of Alex Smith’s now-former teammates took to social media to share their love of their longtime starting quarterback.
The Kansas City Chiefs surprised the NFL in the week leading up to the Super Bowl with news of their own. With the trade of starting quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, the Chiefs shocked pretty much anyone and everyone, including the players who once called Smith a teammate only a few days ago.
Clearly Smith has been in the know for some time because he’d already worked out a reported four-year contract extension by the time details of the trade has also leaked. However it’s also clear he hadn’t told any of his colleagues no matter how close they were. Their responses on social media made it clear that they knew as much as the rest of Chiefs Kingdom.
The deal, which sent Smith to Washington in exchange for a third round pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft as well as cornerback Kendall Fuller, means that Patrick Mahomes will now be the team’s starting quarterback after sitting for a season behind Smith learning Andy Reid’s complex offense. He showed plenty of moxie and a strong arm in Week 17’s comeback win over the Denver Broncos and now the task to lead this team is on his shoulders.
It’s clear he has a lot to live up to in the responses of Chiefs players, past and present, to the news that Smith had been traded. Smith had not only set career marks statistically in the last few months but had established himself as a winner in K.C. to the tune of 50 regular season wins in 5 seasons.
Here’s a sampling from Chiefs Twitter:
Can’t say enough about the guy…. one of the best competitors and teammates I’ve ever been around. Someone who I owe a lot of my success to, and a guy that’s been a class act through all the ups n downs. Thanks for all the memories brotha! pic.twitter.com/OoGxBeOijY
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) January 31, 2018
— Albert Wilson II (@iThinkIsee12) January 31, 2018
Brother for Life ✌ https://t.co/lqJrYunvi7
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) January 31, 2018
— Marcus Peters (@marcuspeters) January 31, 2018
The ultimate leader of men on the field, and one of the best teammates you could possibly have in the locker room. I owe Alex a great deal for helping me learn how to be a professional. Wish you all the best! pic.twitter.com/wn1OB80N9M
— Mitch Morse (@MMorse61) January 31, 2018
Much love…. I guess im moving to 2nd string now. https://t.co/ltL3DQnZUN
— Chris Jones (@stonecoldjones_) January 31, 2018
Good lord. Good for Alex Smith https://t.co/vWRKtCR82N
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 31, 2018