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Report: Geno Smith re-signing with Seahawks

Geno Smith

That didn’t take long. For a brief period, the Seattle Seahawks had one quarterback on the roster, Russell Wilson, as they cut Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch to get down to 53. Smith’s time on the open market lasted less than a day, as the Seahawks resigned him on Sunday, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Smith, a veteran, wasn’t subject to waivers. Therefore, when Seattle released him, they didn’t have to worry he’d be poached by another team. Doing so allowed them to essentially modify his contract and keep an extra roster spot overnight to continue tinkering with the roster.

The Seahawks are likely waiting to put somebody on injured reserve after 4 P.M. Eastern time, as it’ll allow them to come back after Week 8.

Smith signed with the Seahawks in the offseason to be Wilson’s backup; which is essentially the greatest back job in the NFL considering Wilson hasn’t missed a game in eight years. Previously, he spent time backing up other iron men quarterbacks in Philip Rivers and Eli Manning.

Though Smith — a second-round pick in 2018 out of West Virginia — hasn’t been a full-time starter since he did so with the New York Jets in 2014, he’s still vying for that job. As he recently said:

“My job is to go out and show people that I can be a starter in this league,” said Smith, per Matt Calkins of The Seattle Times. “Obviously I have to assume my role here, but my job is to continue to show people who I am as a player. I was drafted in this league for a reason. I still have that same skill set.”

The Seahawks are set for a Week 1 matchup with the Bengals.