Alex Smith is feeling optimistic about 2018.
Following his trade from the Chiefs last month, the new Redskins quarterback has a positive outlook on his future in Washington.
“Yeah, I’m jacked,” Smith told ESPN’s Michael Collins at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. “I’m pumped for the opportunity. A new challenge moving forward, I can’t wait to get started. I know it’s kind of, we’re not there yet, we’ve got to wait for the league year to start, but I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to it.”
Smith initially was selected by the 49ers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft but was traded to the Chiefs after the 2012 season when San Francisco opted to roll with Colin Kaepernick as its starting quarterback. The Chiefs sent the veteran to the Redskins for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller after which Smith agreed to a four-year extension worth up to $94 million.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection during his stint in K.C., Smith proved to be reliable for the Chiefs going 50-26 in five seasons as a starter. However, he won just one playoff game and posted a 1-4 record in the postseason during that time.
Smith, 33, posted career highs in passing yards (4,042) and passing touchdowns (26) with just five interceptions in 15 games last season.