Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda provides five things to know about new Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, who was acquired via trade.
The trade is finally official and Alex Smith is now a member of the Washington Redskins.
With Smith now on the Redskins’ roster, here are five things to know about the 33-year-old:
1, Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career as he received his third Pro Bowl nod.
While Smith was in his 13th NFL season in 2017, the former No. 1-overall pick showed no signs of slowing down as he passed for a career-high 4,402 yards along with 26 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Additionally, he led the league in quarterback rating at 104.7.
Smith was in the thick of the NFL MVP discussion early in the year, as he threw for 16 touchdowns without an interception in Kansas City’s first eight games. In those first eight games (six of which were victories) Smith also had a quarterback rating north of 100 six times.
Although Smith would throw four interceptions in the Chiefs’ next three games, he ended the regular season strong as he threw seven touchdowns with only one pick in his final four outings.
While the Chiefs were unable to hold off the Tennessee Titans’ late surge in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, Smith gave Tennessee’s defense issues throughout the day as he connected on 24-of-33 attempts for 264 yards with two touchdowns to no interceptions.
For his performance throughout the regular season, Smith was named to his third Pro Bowl as he completed 7-of-10 attempts for 131 yards with one touchdown to one interception in the AFC’s 24-23 victory over the NFC.
2. Smith has proven to be a winner over the last five seasons.
Since 2013, Smith has the third most regular season victories (50) among NFL quarterbacks behind only Russell Wilson (54) and Tom Brady (60).
In the six seasons prior to Smith’s arrival in 2013, Kansas City had struggled to consistently win on the field, as the Chiefs’ combined regular season record from 2007 to 2012 was 29-67. But from the get-go, Smith was a difference maker for the Chiefs, as he won his nine games in Kansas City.
In total, the Chiefs won 11 games during the 2013 season, most by the franchise since 2003.
Over his final three seasons in Kansas City, the Chiefs posted three consecutive double-digit win seasons for the first since achieving four straight such seasons from 1990-1993.
For his career, Smith has collected a regular season record of 88-62-1. His 88 regular season victories are the ninth-most among currently quarterbacks behind only Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco.
3. Smith is the first quarterback in NFL history to record 400-plus attempts and fewer than 10 interceptions in five consecutive seasons.
In a league that is driven by the weekly performances of the quarterback position, Smith was effective in his five seasons with the Chiefs, as he attempted at least 400 passes each year in Kansas City without throwing more than eight interceptions.
In fact, Smith has not thrown more than eight interceptions in any season dating back to 2010 when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.
For his career, Smith has attempted 4,613 passes and thrown just 96 interceptions. According to ProFootball Reference, his 2.1 interception percentage is the seventh best mark in NFL history.
4. Smith is back together with his favorite target from San Francisco days.
The Washington Redskins announced on March 14, 2018, that they acquired quarterback Alex Smith via trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Take a look at his career through the years.
It’s been five whole seasons since Alex Smith and Vernon Davis have shared a huddle, but the two will be offseason workouts commence this spring.
While Smith has been throwing to three-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce over the last five seasons (the Cincinnati product has collected 3,900 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in his career), no player has had a better connection with the three-time Pro Bowler than Vernon Davis.
During his eight seasons in San Francisco, Smith and Davis connected 230 times for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns. Davis’ 30 receiving touchdowns from Smith were 19 more than any other 49ers player (Michael Crabtree, 11).
The two also connected on nearly 64 percent of Davis’ targets.
*5. Off the field, Smith has given back to the community. *There was a moment when it all clicked for Smith shortly after he entered the NFL.
Returning to his native San Diego where he spoke to students at San Pasqual Academy, a residential school for foster teens, shortly after the 2005 NFL Draft, it was there where he decided that he wanted to assist those in the foster care system with the Alex Smith Foundation.
Over the years, The Alex Smith Foundation has provided foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting programs including education, housing and advocacy.
This past season, Smith was named the Chiefs’ nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.