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Seahawks re-sign Geno Smith to fill out backup quarterback battle

May 14, 2020 at 2:10 pm Updated May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm
 
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Thursday August 29, 2019 for their fourth preseason game. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Thursday... (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) More 

 

Bob Condotta 
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Seattle Times staff reporter

While there had been much discussion about Cam Newton filling the Seahawks’ backup quarterback job in recent days, there was no indication the team ever seriously considered it.

Thursday, the Seahawks made a move to put that talk to a stop, agreeing to re-sign Geno Smith, who served as Russell Wilson’s backup last year and will compete to do so again in 2020.

A source told The Seattle Times the move was expected to happen and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the two sides had agreed on a one-year deal.

The Seahawks have three quarterbacks on its roster — Wilson, Smith and Anthony Gordon, who was signed last month as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Washington State.

Gordon and Smith will compete for the backup job, though new roster rules this year might make it easier to keep all three in some capacity, either on the 53-man roster or on the practice squad.

The Seahawks will have to waive a player off its 90-man roster to make room for Smith. That move was not announced Thursday.

Smith was on the roster for all of the 2019 season but did not play in a game as Wilson took every snap for the second consecutive season. Wilson has not missed a play since 2017, a streak of 38 consecutive regular-season games.

Smith could be the first player to serve as a backup QB to Wilson for consecutive years since Tarvaris Jackson did so from 2013-15.

Smith, who will turn 30 in October, has 31 career NFL starts, 29 coming with the Jets in the 2013-14 seasons after he was taken with the 39th overall pick by the Jets in 2013. Smith last stared a game in 2017 with the Giants and last played in a game in 2018 with the Chargers.

This is the second straight year Smith has signed with the Seahawks in May. Last year he signed May 15.

It could also be the second consecutive year the Seahawks enter camp with three quarterbacks on its roster. Last year Smith battled with former first-round pick Paxton Lynch before winning the job with his steadier play in the preseason.

Smith was released before re-signing, a move that allowed the Seahawks some roster flexibility as they completed the Jadeveon Clowney trade (they had to keep Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo on the roster until the trade became official).

Since Newton remains unsigned — and as the 2015 NFL MVP should have obvious interest — some had connected him with the Seahawks since they appeared likely to sign a veteran to compete with Gordon.

But indications all along had pointed to it being more likely they would re-sign Smith than go after Newton as the Seahawks didn’t want to pay much for a backup. Smith is likely to sign for close to or at the league veteran minimum.

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7 minutes ago, kelticwizard said:

We don't really know if he' a solid backup or not since he really hasn't seen the field much once he left the Jets.  Still would be funny to see him have a 10 year NFL career after being considered a league doormat.

We know he at least staved off competition from Paxton Lynch for the # 2 job last year in Seattle, and did enough to earn another 1-year deal there.

So that's something positive.

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1 hour ago, David Harris said:

Solid backup. 
 

we’re the only team that could never do it

Geno seems like a solid backup until he has to actually play.  He couldn’t go 1/2 a game without throwing a dumb interception and maybe a fumble or 2. If Geno’s in Seattle loses most games. 

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All you want from a backup is a guy who has a decent shot to win you a game. Geno fits the bill better than most. He’s physically gifted just has bad character - he’s like the inverse of Jake Fromm.

the fact is he’s still in the nfl

between Geno Smith and kellen Clemens the jets excel at developing 2nd round talent to be long term backup QB’s for other teams - we should be proud of that.

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Geno's always had some talent. It was his consistency and maturity that let him down with the Jets.

You could do a lot worse for a backup than a guy who has physical talent, 31 career starts and who went 8-8 as a raw rookie starter.

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9 minutes ago, AFJF said:

He should've gone to the CFL.

Stars in the CFL don't make the NFL minimum. The highest paid player in the league is signed to a four year, $2.9M deal (a little over $500K/year US). He's doing the smart thing: getting paid. 

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10 minutes ago, slats said:

Stars in the CFL don't make the NFL minimum. The highest paid player in the league is signed to a four year, $2.9M deal (a little over $500K/year US). He's doing the smart thing: getting paid. 

Correct,, but it was his only chance to put enough on tape to have a shot at a starting job in the NFL.  If he'd done that, he'd make all that money back many times over.  I'm not saying he's good enough to be a starter, but he seemed to think he was.

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4 minutes ago, AFJF said:

Correct,, but it was his only chance to put enough on tape to have a shot at a starting job in the NFL.  If he'd done that, he'd make all that money back many times over.  I'm not saying he's good enough to be a starter, but he seemed to think he was.

The average salary in the CFL is under $90K. He'd've lost a ton of money if he went there for a couple years and didn't set the league on fire. And if he went there and sucked, he'd've lost everything. These guys don't pass on NFL backup jobs if they can get one. The CFL is for guys like Manziel and Tebow who can't land a backup role. Geno's made over $8M in his career so far, looks to be adding more, and he's not even 30 yet.  

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7 hours ago, kelticwizard said:

We don't really know if he' a solid backup or not since he really hasn't seen the field much once he left the Jets.  Still would be funny to see him have a 10 year NFL career after being considered a league doormat.

Worked for Kellen Clemens. Super nice gig to be honest. 

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Geno is all set. He has enough experience that teams will continue to be comfortable signing him as a backup as long he doesn’t do something really stupid. He will have a 10yr plus career as backup in the nfl and will make millions in the process without taking a beating as a starter.

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2 hours ago, Barkus said:

Geno is all set. He has enough experience that teams will continue to be comfortable signing him as a backup as long he doesn’t do something really stupid. He will have a 10yr plus career as backup in the nfl and will make millions in the process without taking a beating as a starter.

Ah...I can see it now...the good life...

"What do you want to be when you grow up son"  "I wanna be a backup QB like Geno Smith.  And not get hurt so much and still make millions🤑"

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8 hours ago, David Harris said:

between Geno Smith and kellen Clemens the jets excel at developing 2nd round talent to be long term backup QB’s for other teams - we should be proud of that.

Christian Hackenberg says hello.  He couldn't even develop enough to play well in the AAF (51.7 % completions, 0 TD, 3 INT, 2 fumbles), that's how bad he sucked.  

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7 hours ago, mrcoops said:

Geno's always had some talent. It was his consistency and maturity that let him down with the Jets.

He's also a slow processor, not dissimilar to Mark Sanchez.  He could throw guys open a little better than Sanchez, but that doesn't say much.  

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10 hours ago, playtowinthegame said:

Geno is living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile his haters are waiting for their next stimulus check. 

I wouldn’t mind making $600k a year to live in the most beautiful exciting part of the country just to hold a clipboard for Wilson

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27 minutes ago, Philc1 said:

I wouldn’t mind making $600k a year to live in the most beautiful exciting part of the country just to hold a clipboard for Wilson

He’ll be making about $900K. Probably blowing the extra $300K on drugs just to deal with the weather, though. 

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21 hours ago, kelticwizard said:

We don't really know if he' a solid backup or not since he really hasn't seen the field much once he left the Jets.  Still would be funny to see him have a 10 year NFL career after being considered a league doormat.

Hello Kellen Clemens Jr.

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