3 observations about Geno Smith Week 16 and his future with Seahawks

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Seahawks QB Geno Smith
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The future of Geno Smith

Smith might be playing for his near future in the next two games. We know that Pete Carroll and John Schneider like Smith a lot because they keep bringing him back every year. Smith has been a QB for the Seahawks since 2020 and it would not be surprising if he returned in 2023 and beyond.

Some team, based on Smith’s overall numbers in 2022, is going to pay Smith a lot of money next year. Smith is currently only making $4 million this year and will probably be at $25 million or better next year wherever he winds up. Quarterbacks get paid a lot of money whether they are Aaron Rodgers or Matt Ryan.

But Smith’s personal stock could go up a bit or go down a lot based on how he does in the final two games of the season. If Seattle somehow makes it into the playoffs, great for 12s, the team and the quarterback. But Seattle has an outside chance currently of getting there. But if Smith plays so well that Seattle puts up points and is in contention to win both games, good for him.

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But if Smith continues to make the errors he has in the last few weeks, teams might fall back on the assumption about Smith prior to this year: That he simply has too many turnovers that keep his team from winning games. Carroll and Schneider might also be looking at the long-term for the team and Smith isn’t part of those plans. If he isn’t, Seattle probably won’t be better in 2023 either but possibly by 2024 with the right 2023 QB draftee.