The NFL’s reigning Comeback Player of the Year will be on a new team come next season.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Washington Football Team has opted to part ways with the veteran passer. Despite his time with Washington being cut short, Smith “has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance to do so.”
Smith famously suffered a brutal leg injury in 2018 that many thought might end his career. He underwent 17 operations to repair and later save his leg from amputation, ultimately sitting out all of 2019
After making an unlikely return in 2020, Smith posted a 5-1 record as a starter and helped lead the Washington Football Team to a playoff spot.
With that in mind, is there a realistic suitor for Smith out there right now? As it turns out – yes.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have emerged as a popular potential landing spot for Smith for several reasons.
One, new head coach Urban Meyer coached him at the University of Utah before he became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Two, since them taking Trevor Lawrence is a lock, this’d free the organization up to trade Gardner Minshew and still have a competent, veteran backup in place.
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And finally, three, Smith would possibly have the opportunity for a decent amount of playing time in the beginning if the Jags opt to ease Lawrence into the pro game.
On a lot of different levels, Smith to Jacksonville makes too much sense to ignore.
Will it definitely happen? It’s impossible to say. Should it happen? Absolutely.