Washington Wants QB Alex Smith Back in 2021

Washington's quarterback Alex Smith (11) in 2018. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/Shutterstock (9984033ck)

The story of quarterback Alex Smith’s miraculous return to the football field might not be over yet. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Washington Football Team wants Smith to return to the team in 2021 if he decides to continue playing.

Despite being away from football for almost two years, Smith emerged as a reliable option at the QB position for Washington in recent weeks and appears to have convinced the organization there is still some fuel left in his tank.

Rapoport points out that Washington views Smith as a “bridge quarterback” for the next season as the franchise continues to look for their signal-caller of the future. The organization also appreciates his locker room presence and mentorship.

Alex Smith spent the previous two years out of NFL due to a gruesome leg injury that not only jeopardize his career but also put him in danger of losing the ability to walk. But the 37-year-old player luckily managed to recover in full and earned himself a spot on Washington’s roster for the 2020 NFL season.

Initially being the third QB on the depth chart, Smith managed to work his way to the starting position as second-year player Dwayne Haskins continued to struggle, and Kyle Allen was ruled out for the season due to an ankle injury. He produced well in the role, completing 68.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 918 yards and two TDs in four games (two starts).