Anthony Gordon has some competition.
The undrafted free agent out of Washington State, who upon signing with the Seahawks was the lone quarterback on the roster behind Russell Wilson, will do battle with Geno Smith for Seattle’s backup quarterback spot. The veteran Smith, who served as Wilson’s backup in 2019, was re-signed on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Geno Smith and Seahawks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 14, 2020
As Fowler notes, it’s a one-year deal for Smith, likely for or near the league minimum. Last preseason, Smith beat out Paxton Lynch for the backup job, though he was temporarily released during roster cuts. In 2020, Smith will be challenged by Gordon, who received the largest signing bonus among the Seahawks’ UDFA class.
A second-round pick of the Jets in 2013, Smith started 30 games over four years for New York before the team moved on. In 2017, Smith famously ended Eli Manning’s 210-game starting streak, as he made his lone start for the Giants. Prior to landing in Seattle in 2019, Smith spent 2018 with the Chargers.
Smith did not appear in any of the Seahawks’ games last season.