Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith
What? Smith get released? Am I crazy? Probably. But there is a chance this happens. Seattle would save $3 million by not having Smith on the Week 1 roster. After seeing what happened in the Seahawks mock game on Saturday, Drew Lock should clearly have the lead in the quarterback battle, too. This, of course, could change in the first preseason games but either way Lock needs to be the starter this year.
The reason is he is the younger option and Seattle isn’t going to get a better quarterback than Smith or Lock before the season begins. Might as well let Lock have the job and see what he can do in 2022. Plus, Lock might struggle with confidence at times. How confident would he be if he makes a mistake or two and thinks Seattle might just easily replace him with Smith.
Smith isn’t the long-term answer at QB1 in Seattle. Lock might not be and that is a notable difference.
The one thing that would be missed if Smith were to be let go is Smith seems to be a popular guy in the locker room. He proved once again he is a good teammate after Seattle’s mock game when Lock outshined him. Afterward, Smith said
"But, I think Drew played really well, as I’ve always said, and I will go on record to say that I have his back. No matter what, I have Drew Lock’s back. I want that to be known."
That’s classy stuff. But just because Smith is a good teammate, should he stay on the team? Or maybe Seattle could just release him, take a chance that another team picks him up – they won’t – and then re-sign Smith and save a couple of million dollars. Is it likely that Seattle cuts Smith? No. But in Seattle anything is possible.
Or possibly Seattle should just let Jacob Eason back up Lock in 2022 and if the Lock experiment doesn’t work out then the Seahawks find their quarterback in the 2023 NFL draft. That last part could be the answer in any scenario with Seattle this year anyway.