Geno Smith is selected to the Pro Bowl in his role as a transitional quarterback. Will the 32-year-old get a contract with the Seattle Seahawks for the upcoming season as well?
This decision had it all. Before the 2022 season, the Seattle Seahawks traded quarterback superstar Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and gave Geno Smith a new contract instead.
Wilson subsequently had the worst year of his career, but his successor made it to the Pro Bowl and is a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year. For Smith, already 32, it was an emotional affair.
“I really wanted to prove the guys right. (Head coach) Pete Carroll and (general manager) John Schneider put so much faith in me when they gave Russell Wilson away,” the quarterback said in an interview with “SiriusXM NFL Radio. “
Geno Smith hopes for new Seahawks contract
“It had nothing to do with me, it had to do with them trading the cornerstone of the team for the last ten years. They then made the transition to me, a guy who was already written off and on the beach,” he added.
And continued, “I put an immense amount of work into the season behind the scenes. The fact that they recognised that meant a lot to me.” But where do we go from here?
Smith and backup Drew Lock become free agents in March. After the Wilson trade, the Seahawks have the fifth pick in the upcoming draft. Will the franchise strike and get a new playmaker – or will Smith, who was supposed to be just a transition quarterback, get a new contract?
In any case, the 32-year-old expressed optimism that the Seahawks and his representatives can “find a solution.” “We’ve had discussions and we’re in the process of sorting everything out. Things are looking very good. We think we can get some things done, but of course it takes time,” the signal caller continued.
However, he has limited patience to do so. “That’s the process I hate about the NFL, because I just want to play football. But it’s also a business, so we have to take care of business and then we’ll get back to football. “