Seahawks QB Geno Smith turned down offers for more money to re-sign with Seattle
Geno Smith seems to have found his home in Seattle. Instead of taking more money to be a backup elsewhere, he chose to stay despite only making the veteran minimum of $805,000.
“I had some teams call me, actually offering me more money,” Smith said per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “But I decided to stay.”
Smith played exceptionally well as he earned the backup job over Paxton Lynch. He had a 100.4 passer rating during the preseason while completing 18 of 34 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Smith said that it was tempting for him to get more money with another team, but he didn’t want to move. Especially after they had discussed the plan to release him and then bring him back after the Jadeveon Clowney trade that forced a serious logjam in the roster.
Smith stayed true to his word that he would be available to come back even with all of the money that other teams were offering.
“That’s the risk you take in these types of situations. But I’m a man of my word. I kept my word.”
The West Virginia product bounced around after having spent his first four years with the New York Jets. He then went to the Giants where he would play as the backup to Eli Manning and then go on to Los Angeles where he would back up Philip Rivers with the Chargers.
But now the former college standout is looking to make Seattle a home for himself for the time being as he doesn’t want to move again.