Seahawks, Geno Smith agree to 3-year extension after career-changing season in 2022: reports
Geno Smith resurrected his NFL career in 2022 with one season with the Seattle Seahawks, and they’ve rewarded him for it.
Smith and the Seahawks are finalizing a multi-year deal ahead of the new league year, which begins March 15, according to NFL Network.
It’s expected to be a three-year deal worth $105 million, per multiple reports. That gives Smith an average annual value of $35 million per season.
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Smith, 32 years old and entering his 10th NFL season, will be the starter for head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks offense.
Smith spoke in February about how his contract negotiations with the Seahawks were going.
“We’ve had conversations, and we’re in the process of settling everything right now,” Smith told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It looks great. We think we can work something out, but obviously these things take time. That’s the process that I hate about the NFL because I just want to play football. But it’s also a business, so we’ve got to take care of business, and then we’ll get back to football.”
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When Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos last offseason, there was buzz in Seattle about what would happen next. Is a rebuild on the way? Or can they grab a veteran on the open market?
Instead, Carroll relied on Smith despite his failure as a full-time starter with the New York Jets in 2014, posting a 3-10 record after going 8-8 in his rookie season. While mixed reviews flew in everywhere, Smith’s focus was on proving the naysayers wrong, and he did.
Smith won AP Comeback Player of the Year after breaking multiple career highs, including passing yards (4,285), touchdown passes (30) and completion percentage (69.8%), which led the league.
His performance led to a 9–8 record that propelled Seattle into the playoffs, something that was not even considered entering the 2022 season. While the Seahawks were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers, Smith’s efforts were a key factor in getting them into first place, which is why Seattle is confident he can continue to do so as they develop the talent around him. do
Before this career-changing season, Smith had just five starts under his belt since 2016, including three with the Seahawks in 2021 when he went 1-2 filling in for the injured Wilson.
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After setting the tone last year, the Seahawks will be raising their hopes to try to contend again in the NFC West.
But they’re more than happy that their quarterback position isn’t in jeopardy after the Wilson trade. Instead, they relied on an unlikely turnaround in most scenarios, and it paid off.
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Now, Smith gets his big payday.