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Week 14 Outlook
Veteran QB and 2020 NFL comeback player of the year Alex Smith announced his retirement today on Instagram.
Smith was a solid NFL quarterback for several teams throughout his career. A former No. 1 overall pick, he also had some big fantasy performances once he got to the Chiefs. Seeing Smith return to the NFL field and start for Washington last season after his devastating leg injury was a true inspiration, and he will be missed around the league.
Free-agent QB Alex Smith has reportedly been approached by Jacksonville Jaguars' new head coach Urban Meyer and engaged in conversations about a potential reunion in Jacksonville during the upcoming 2021 season.
While Meyer expressed interest in reuniting with his former college quarterback, he noted that the medical staff in Jacksonville remains very concerned about Smith's health. "There are some medical people in our organization that were very concerned. And remember, our G.M. actually drafted Alex at San Francisco. So you have two people in Jacksonville that love Alex...But that’s something that we’re just going to keep an eye on because I hope he comes back." Smith led Washington to a 5-1 record in 2020, throwing for 1582 yards and a 6:8 TD: INT ratio across six starts in eight games. While his numbers certainly aren't eye-popping, Meyer and his staff remain optimistic about bringing Smith in to tutor and relieve projected No.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence if he is able to progress through a calf injury that sidelined him during the last half of the 2020 season.
The Houston Texans could pursue Alex Smith if it becomes clear Deshaun Watson won't be with the team, according to Tom Pelissero. Smith and Texans Head Coach David Culley worked together for four years while both were a part of the Kansas City Chiefs organization.
Smith was 5-1 as a starter last season. He totaled a 66.7% completion percentage, 1,582 passing yards, a 6:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and a 78.5 quarterback rating. The Texans signed Tyrod Taylor earlier this off-season, as well. It's unknown if Smith would start outright or if he'd compete with Taylor.
The Washington Football Team officially released QB Alex Smith on Friday.
This has been expected since the beginning of the week, but it's now official. The move saves WFT $14.9 million against the cap. The reigning Comeback Player of the Year will be a free agent and is free to sign with any team. So far the Bears have been mentioned as a possible landing spot.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that former Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith reportedly could be an option for Bears in 2021.
When Smith quarterbacked the Washington Football Team in 2020, he led the team to a 5-1 record while throwing for 1582 yards and six touchdowns. With Mitch Trubisky's impending free agency on the horizon for the Bears, the veteran QB makes a lot of sense. Smith's style of play fits well for the Bears in their read and react, RPO style offense.