Seattle Seahawks could bring back QB Geno Smith
The Seattle Seahawks are mulling a reunion with former quarterback Geno Smith to again serve as star signal-caller Russell Wilson’s backup.
According to The Seattle Times‘ Bob Condotta, the Seahawks are looking to add another body to the quarterback depth, with the 29-year-old Smith remaining a standout option.
Seahawks could be making an addition to the quarterback room soon — Geno Smith. Has been expected all along he would likely return and a source says it could happen soon.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 14, 2020
Smith, a former second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets out of West Virginia, signed on with the Seahawks in May of 2019. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound quarterback won the backup role for Seattle, beating Paxton Lynch for the reserve spot behind Wilson in 2019 despite getting released at the end of the month in training camp in August. The team later re-signed him on Sept. 1.
Smith did not play a single snap for the Seahawks, though, and last took a snap with the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2018 NFL season, appearing in five total games. His last substantive on-field performance came with the Jets’ MetLife Stadium co-tenant, the New York Giants, making a single start and three appearances during the 2017 campaign. Smith threw 36 attempts, connecting on 21 completions for 212 passing yards, a 58.3 completion percentage, and a single touchdown without an interception tossed (per Pro Football Reference).
Wilson, of course, was stellar during the Seahawks’ 2019 campaign, never needing his backup in the game. An MVP candidate this past season, the 31-year-old Super Bowl winner may be seeking stability at the position. Perhaps Smith is a good omen for Wilson’s performance on the gridiron for Seattle while serving as the former third-round selection’s backup.