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Seahawks officially sign QB Geno Smith

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The search for Russell Wilson’s new backup appears to have a frontrunner.

On Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks officially announced that they’ve signed former New York Jets draft bust Geno Smith to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although I’m sure one of the NFL insiders will have details on this in due time.

Smith spent the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Chargers, throwing all of four regular season passes, completing one for eight yards. He’s best known for being the New York Jets’ starting QB from 2013-2014, but poor play and a torn ACL in 2016 led to the end of his Jets tenure. The former West Virginia star signed with the New York Giants in 2017, and famously ended Eli Manning’s streak of consecutive games started when Ben McAdoo... just benched Eli for the hell of it. In that lone start against the Oakland Raiders, Smith went 21-34 for 212 yards, a touchdown pass, but two fumbles (one lost) in a 24-17 defeat.

Seattle had a vacant roster spot so now they’re at the maximum of 90 again. The other backup QB on the Seahawks is former Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch, and for as bad as Geno has been in his NFL career, he’s never been “Paxton Lynch bad.” So by default, the backup job is Smith’s to lose.