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Seahawks re-sign Geno Smith as Russell Wilson’s backup

NFL: JAN 03 Seahawks at 49ers Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Geno Smith is staying with the Seattle Seahawks.

The former New York Jets quarterback has re-signed with Seattle to be the team’s backup behind Russell Wilson. Terms have not yet been disclosed but I bet you when those details emerge it’ll be a one-year deal worth not a lot of money.

Smith didn’t play a down with the Seahawks in 2019, largely because the team played a ton of close games so opportunities for garbage time were scarce. In 2020, he did get to play the Jets after the Seahawks pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of winning a game before the 4th quarter. Smith went 4/5 for 33 yards and led Seattle to a field goal to cap off a 40-3 win.

Geno was the first Seahawks backup QB to even throw a regular season pass since Trevone Boykin in Week 17 of the 2016 regular season. Brett Hundley never played a snap in 2018 and Austin Davis exclusively handed the ball off in the two games he appeared in 2017. Russell Wilson of course has never missed a start in his NFL career, and it’s not like you actively want the backup in unless it’s garbage time.

The other Seahawks QBs on the roster are Danny Etling and Alex McGough, although McGough’s future may be murky pending the outcome of this assault investigation. In other words, Geno is pretty much locked in as QB2 until proven otherwise.