Former New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, reports ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan.
Smith will compete for the No. 2 job with Paxton Lynch, who signed with the Seahawks in January.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Smith will visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, adding: “No contract talks yet, but a visit shows clear interest if everything checks out.”
Smith, 28, was a second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2013 and expected to become the team’s franchise quarterback, though that never materialized. He threw for 5,571 yards, 25 touchdowns and 34 touchdowns in 30 games (29 starts) in 2013 and 2014 before losing his starting gig, riding the bench for the Jets the next two seasons.
He then served as Eli Manning’s backup for the New York Giants in 2017 and Philip Rivers’ backup for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018. Smith’s competition for Seattle’s backup spot has far less experience. Lynch has appeared in just five NFL games, throwing for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 61.7 percent of his passes.
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Smith should be the favorite to win the backup role, solidifying a spot that has seen a rotating cast of characters behind Wilson, including Trevone Boykin, Austin Davis and Brett Hundley in 2018.
Undrafted free agent Taryn Christion was Seattle’s other quarterback under contract but he was waived on Monday, creating a roster spot for Smith. Coach Pete Carroll appeared underwhelmed by how Christion and tryout players Troy Williams and Michael O’Connor fared at the team’s rookie minicamp.
“I thought the quarterbacks had a hard time. I thought they struggled with the system and the playcalling,” Carroll said. “A lot of guys calling the plays for the first time, in the huddles for the first time, under center for the first time. So there was some brand-new experiences, and so they were competing on many levels just to get going. So we’ll take a look at the film now that we get out of camp and see where it all fits.”
The 28-year-old Smith saw action in two games for the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2018 season, completing 1 of 4 passes for 8 yards.
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