From PFF: "The season Smith just had was remarkable. He passed for over 4,500 yards and threw 32 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. It was most notable because of just how far it exceeded expectations, but it’s impossible to miss how far it fell away as the season wore on.
“Up to Week 8, Smith boasted the No. 2 PFF grade (88.4), trailing only Bills QB Josh Allen. From that point on, he ranked 25th (67.0) with numbers that looked a lot more like his previous baseline. Smith clearly demonstrated that he could be a capable starter, but he also tied for the league lead in turnover-worthy plays over the regular season and may not be worth a massive contract extension.”
Seattle won’t tag him at over $32M in 2023, would they? So there could be true bidding competition for his services. The only reason I care is because of the implications for the Lions pick at #6 if Seattle is mulling QBs at #5. I’d like that.
What are the chances Geno Smith stays with Seattle?
I think they just might…that way they don’t have to give him a long term deal. He’s had 1 good season in his career, franchise tag is a lot less risk than a 3 or 4 year deal. They traded Russ because they didn’t want to pay him right! Why would they pay Geno, who is basically the same age.
Given the career Smith has had up to now, my guess is he knows what he has in Seattle. It’s a good fit. He’d be crazy to go to Carolina, or back to the Jets for a couple bucks. Pete won’t be wherever he would wind up.
Geno’s contract with the Seahawks will tell us and the entire NFL before the draft whether he’s viewed as a bridge QB or not. If Geno bridges for, say, Anthony Richardson, that could only benefit the Lions.
“They wrote me off, but I didn’t write back.” - Geno Smith
I am also watching Emoni Bates and loving it. I realize he is still a kid but instead of rock bottom defining him, he has kept fighting. There was a stat the other night that showed how he scored 29 straight points for his team.
The contract structure is important, but to me that sounds like a bridge QB. That’s important in my master plan to secure Jalen Carter for the Lions at #6.
Chicago won’t trade any further down than #4 and take Will Anderson Jr. The Oilers and the Colts of course take QBs, and Arizona–who needs more picks in their rebuild–trades down with either the Raiders or Panthers, who then take the 3rd QB.
In that scenario, Will Levis, CJ Stroud, and Bryce Young are gone. Seattle, with picks up their yingyang and their mobile bridge QB in place, might snag Anthony Richardson.