Seahawks Reportedly Signing Former Giants’ QB Geno Smith

Geno Smith in his first start for the New York Giants. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Geno Smith, the man who snapped Eli Manning’s 210-game starting streak with the New York Giants, has a new job. According to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, Smith will sign a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the coming days.

Ranaan reports that Smith will receive a chance to compete for the role of Russell Wilson’s backup. His main competition for the job will be former Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch, who was brought in back in January.

Besides Lynch, Seattle Seahawks also had undrafted free agent Taryn Christion under contract but released him on Monday in order to make room for Smith. Seattle also tried out QBs Troy Williams and Michael O’Connor but was not impressed with their overall performance during the rookie minicamp.

Geno Smith started his NFL career with the New York Jets as a second-round pick in 2013. He was a starter for the Jets for two years but was relegated to a backup role in 2015. Smith signed with the Giants in 2017 and was named a starter in Week 12, becoming the first player to start besides Manning for the team since 2004. He ended the game with 212 passing yards and a touchdown, while having two forced fumbles, and was demoted to the backup role the next week.

Smith spent 2018 with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he appeared in five games as a relief to Philip Rivers. He passed for eight yards and rushed for two more during those games.