SEAHAWKS SIGN GENO SMITH TO A THREE-YEAR EXTENSION

2023-03-06 · 2 min read · NFL/Football
Seahawks sign Geno Smith to a three-year extension

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Seahawks sign Geno Smith to a three-year extension worth $105 million
He may not have written back when experts wrote him off last season, but Geno Smith wrote the Seattle Seahawks back on Monday, committing to them for the next three years.
Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year this past season, will earn $105 million over the next three seasons in Seattle, including $52 million next season, per sources.
Because an agreement was reached on Monday, both sides avoided the Tuesday deadline to apply the franchise tag on Smith, which would have come with $32.416 million for the 32-year-old.
Last season Smith was one of the most surprising stories in the NFL, as he beat out Drew Lock for the starting job in Seattle and helped the Seahawks make the playoffs despite many doubting their chances when the club dealt Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.
In 2022 Smith led the league in completion percentage (69.8%), finished sixth in total QB rating (60.8), and fourth in touchdown passes (30), all of which helped him be selected to the Pro Bowl.
He started all 17 regular-season games for Seattle this past season as well as their playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, setting the franchise record for completion rate, completions (399), and passing yards (4,282).
Before taking over the starting job in Seattle, the former New York Jet, Giant, and Los Angeles Charger was the Seahawks’ backup under Wilson for three seasons.
As strong as he was out of the gate in 2022, some recurring issues crept up with the veteran near the end of the campaign, namely regarding turnovers, as he threw seven of his 11 interceptions in the Seahawks' final seven regular season encounters.
While he’s now committed to Seattle for the years to come, Smith is still awaiting a potential punishment after being arrested last April on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
Prosecutors are still awaiting the blood test results following his arrest.
His two TD passes in Week One of the 2022 campaign marked the longest gap in NFL history between opening day starts since 1971.
He also became the first quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl after over a decade in the NFL since Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders in 1999.
In his NFL career, Smith has thrown for 11,199 yards and 64 touchdowns with 48 interceptions.
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