On Tuesday morning, quarterback Alex Smith didn’t sound thrilled about the possibility of the Kansas City Chiefs trading him to the Browns this offseason.

By Tuesday night, Smith no longer needed to worry about potentially coming to Cleveland.

Alas, the Browns can cross him off their wish list.

The Chiefs reached an agreement to trade Smith to Washington, the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday night. No trades can be completed until 4 p.m. March 14, but the newspaper cited sources who said the deal was in place and would proceed.

ESPN reported the Chiefs are expected to receive a third-round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller in exchange for Smith.

With Smith heading to Washington, quarterback Kirk Cousins will be leaving. He is among the free-agent options the Browns could pursue, though the New York Jets and Denver Broncos are reportedly expected to be serious suitors.

The Browns attempted to trade for Smith to no avail, according to Cleveland.com. A source told ESPN six teams expressed interest in making a move for Smith.

Smith appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning and was asked by Patrick if he was open to Cleveland.

“I haven’t even thought about that,” Smith replied with a laugh.

Patrick told him to think about it, whereupon Smith said of the Browns, “I mean they’ve got nowhere to go but up. 1-31 over the last two years just sounds amazing.”

Then Patrick asked if landing with a playoff team would be ideal.

“If that’s the case, if you’re going somewhere, yeah, you want to go somewhere you have a chance to have success,” Smith said.

Not many people look at the Browns and see a great chance for immediate success. Smith is not an exception. Despite the team’s stockpile of picks in April’s draft, including the Nos. 1 and 4 overall selections, and more than $100 million in salary-cap space, it faces a serious uphill battle after going 0-16 last season and 1-15 in 2016 under coach Hue Jackson.

Smith, who’ll turn 34 on May 7, will join a team in Washington that went to the playoffs with Cousins during the 2015 season. The contract extension Smith reportedly agreed to with Washington undoubtedly helped push the trade along.

Smith had one season left on his deal with the Chiefs and was scheduled to make $17 million in salary and bonuses in 2018, but, according to ESPN, he already agreed to a four-year extension with Washington. Smith will average $23.5 million in new money on the extension and $70 million in guarantees, per the network.

When new Browns General Manager John Dorsey was the new GM of the Chiefs in 2013, he traded a second-round draft pick and a conditional choice that ended up being another second-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Smith.

Drafted first overall by the 49ers in 2005, Smith has gone 50-26 as a starter in his five seasons with the Chiefs, leading them to the playoffs four times and making the Pro Bowl in each of the last two years. He’s also coming off the best statistical season of his career. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions for an NFL-best rating of 104.7 in 2017.

But in last year’s draft, the Chiefs traded up from No. 27 overall, leapfrogged the Browns at No. 12 and took quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 10. So the passing of the torch from Smith to Mahomes was inevitable.

Jackson said last week at the Senior Bowl he wants the Browns to acquire a veteran quarterback with wins on his resume this offseason. They entered the 2017 season with no regular-season victories among their quarterbacks — DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler — and finished winless.

“Do we want to be in that situation again? No, we don’t. You need to have a quarterback that knows how to win in the National Football League, but circumstances sometimes dictate otherwise,” Jackson said. “You just don’t know how things will unfold, but if we had the best of all of the worlds, we would want a guy in there who has won in the National Football League and knows what that looks like and what that position has to play like to have that.”

Jackson said acquiring a big-name veteran quarterback and also drafting a QB at No. 1 overall is in play.

“I think all of those things are on the table,” Jackson said. “I think you discuss all of those things and you work through all of those things as you go through this.”

Smith has the track record Jackson wants and a history with Dorsey, but they didn’t get him.

After Washington used its franchise tag on him the last two years, Cousins is the top quarterback scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. March 14. Teams will be permitted to begin negotiating with his agent March 12.

The Browns could certainly afford the minimum of $26 million a year Cousins is expected to command, but he may not feel compelled to resurrect a winless team with other suitors pursuing him. Time will tell, but Cousins spoke Tuesday as if the answer would be no.

“Winning is everything, especially at this stage of my career — I’m going into Year 7,” Cousins, 29, said during a radio interview with WFAN. “Because I’ve been franchise-tagged twice, I’ve been in a position where it’s not about the money so much. It’s about winning. I want to win. This isn’t the NBA. You can’t just get one player and now you’re in the AFC championship game or the NFC championship game. ... Other pieces comes into play.”

If the Browns acquire a veteran other than Cousins — AJ McCarron, Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are among the possibilities — they still likely would draft a quarterback first overall on April 26.

Most draft analysts consider Southern California’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen the favorites to become the top pick with some deeming Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Wyoming’s Josh Allen candidates as well.

Taking a look

The Browns worked out former Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin, according to ESPN.

McKelvin, 32, was out of football throughout the 2017 season.

The Bills drafted McKelvin 11th overall in 2008, and he spent eight seasons with them before playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. The Eagles released him on Feb. 8.

McKelvin has started 72 of the 111 regular-season games in which he has appeared, including 12 of 13 for the Eagles two years ago. He has 15 interceptions, three punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return for a touchdown during his nine-year NFL career.

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