Former Jets QB Inks New Deal With NFC Squad: Report

Geno Smith Seahawks

Getty Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith warming up before an NFL game.

An ex-New York Jets quarterback will continue his NFL career after receiving a new deal.

NFL Insider Jordan Schultz was the first to share the news on social media that Geno Smith had re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

It ended up being a one-year deal that can be worth up to $7 million, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN shared the financial terms of the deal.

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The 31-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Seahawks serving as the backup to Russell Wilson.

Although last season he got an opportunity to step into the starting role in earnest for the first time since his days with the Jets back in 2014.

The former West Virginia product played in four games and started in three of those contests:

  • 68.4 completion percentage
  • 5 touchdowns to 1 interception
  • Threw for 702 passing yards

This offseason the Seahawks pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade sending their franchise quarterback to the Denver Broncos for a massive haul featuring three players and five draft selections.

One of the players they got in return was fourth-year quarterback Drew Lock who was immediately thrust into the new-look quarterback competition with Wilson out of the picture.

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After biding his time as a journeyman backup quarterback with three different NFL organizations (New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Seahawks), Smith now has a chance to change his football destiny.

The veteran had been negotiating with the Seahawks “for weeks” dating back prior to free agency, according to Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated.

This will be his first legitimate opportunity to earn a starting gig in the NFL since he left the Jets, per Smith.

He originally entered the league as the No. 39 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft by Gang Green. Smith spent four years with the Jets, the length of his rookie contract.

In his first two seasons, he served as a starter and then in his final two seasons he was a backup:

  • 28 touchdowns to 36 interceptions
  • 5,962 passing yards
  • 57.9 completion percentage

One of the highlights of his time with the Jets was in the regular-season finale back in 2014 against the Miami Dolphins. Smith threw for 358 yards (career-best at the time), had a perfect passer rating, and tossed three touchdown passes (also another career-best at the time).

Smith went through a lot of trials and tribulations during his time with the Jets but has had over four years to mature and learn from his mistakes.

While he only managed a 1-2 record as a starting quarterback last season for the Seahawks, the problems went far beyond him.

In his limited opportunities he showed some real poise and flashes that he can still be a starting quarterback in this league. With minimal competition in the Seattle quarterback room this offseason, there is no reason why Smith shouldn’t seize the opportunity.

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