Geno Smith gets three-year, $105 million deal from Seahawks

Geno Smith will be hanging around Seattle for at least a few more years. 

The quarterback agreed to a three-year deal with the Seahawks on the heels of a 2022 season that saw him seize a starting job after a decade as a journeyman backup. 

NFL Network reported the deal could be worth up to $105 million. 

Smith, a former Jets and Giants quarterback, solidified a tenuous Seattle situation after longtime starter Russell Wilson was traded to Denver last offseason. 

While Wilson struggled with the Broncos, Smith threw for a franchise-record 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage. 

It was enough to sneak the Seahawks (9-8) into the postseason — they fell to the 49ers, 41-23, in the wild-card round — and resurrect Smith’s career

“I want to finish my career in Seattle,” he said after the playoff loss. “I want to. I want to be here. The town, the city, the team, coach [Pete] Carroll, the organization, they all embraced me. 

 Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks and NFC carries the ball against the AFC during the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl
Geno Smith earned his payday with a Pro Bowl-caliber 2022 season.
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“I was a guy who probably could have been out of the league. They embraced me and I want to repay them for that.” 

Smith began his NFL career with the Jets as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

He seemed poised to take the starting reins for years to come until a practice fight left with him a broken jaw at the hands teammate IK Enemkpali. 

He never regained the starting role, eventually taking the No. 2 job with the Giants in 2017 before spending a season in the same role with the Chargers. 

Smith seemed destined to finish out his career as a backup with the Seahawks, joining as Wilson’s backup in 2020.

Geno Smith after the Seahawks beat the Rams in January.
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Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass
Smith won the starting job in Seattle and led the Seahawks to the playoffs.
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Three years later, and he has earned his payday — not that you’ll find him complaining about his often bumpy road back to NFL stardom. 

“My tough times would be a dream to someone else,” Smith said in December. “I’ll never look at it as something that was too hard for me or too tough. I just had to stay patient until I got that opportunity.”

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