One of the main speculations of the 2018 offseason is who will be the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback.
It’s fascinating to follow along with reports, speculation and innuendos, but in the end, no one knows who the Cardinals can try and for what cost.
One name that seems to be at the top of a number or lists is Alex Smith. Well, apparently now he is gone.
A second and a potential fourth the next year for a 33 year old quarterback with only one year of a contract remaining?
See, that’s why the talk of Smith to Arizona never added up.
It’s not just the draft pick cost, it is what are you willing to invest in him moving forward?
His market is likely to be 3-4 years at $20 million a year.
That means are you willing to invest the 47th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and $80 million in salary?
This isn’t a stop gap or bridge. This is a 3-4 year investment if you’re making it.
Or else, you’re giving up a second round pick for one year of a quarterback who could be looking for a more desirable situation in 2019 as a free agent.
Now, that's not an option for the Cardinals and to be honest, I'm okay with that
Would the team have been competitive with Smith? Yes.
We're they winning it all? No
Worse, adding Smith would likely keep them from drafting a quarterback in the next year or two.
Now, I reserve the right to change this opinion if they do something insane like go with Drew Stanton/Blaine Gabbert/Brock Osweiler and don't draft a quarterback because then we're looking at 2-3 years before becoming competitive again, but the onus needs to be on a young quarterback. Not another older guy to keep you afloat.
At least, that's what I think.
Update: With the contract disclosed I can now comfortably say the Cardinals made the right move.
On the agreement in principle. Alex Smith will average $23.5 million per year in new money on the extension and $70 million in guarantees. Nobody will be able to review that contract for awhile because officially there is no contract. https://t.co/kY9DTZH2RT— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 31, 2018