Washington releases Alex Smith

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Word last week was that the Washington Football Team would release Alex Smith in the near future and the time has come.

According to multiple reports, Washington has officially released Smith. The move comes after Smith made a remarkable comeback from his 2018 leg injury to start six games during the team’s run to the NFC East title.

Smith didn’t play in the playoff loss to the Buccaneers because of a calf injury to the same leg and he has not formally announced a plan to continue playing in 2021. He did say that he feels he has a lot of growth left on the football field, however.

Where he would get a chance to continue that growth remains to be seen. It’s set to be a busy offseason of movement on the quarterback front and it’s unclear if Smith will have a clear shot at a starting job with another team. If he is open to being a backup, there would likely be a number of teams interested in having a player with his experience in that role.

Washington opens $14.7 million in cap space with the move. They have Taylor Heinicke and Steven Montez on the roster at quarterback, so some of that cap room will likely be devoted to adding to their options at the position.

56 responses to “Washington releases Alex Smith

  1. I’d be ok rolling the dice with Heinicke this season to see what he can do and draft a prospect. We’re not contenders this year imo anyway.

  2. Time for the Redskins to move on. Alex Smith is a first class act! Wish him the best.

  3. Mike McCarthy liked him better than Aaron Rogers when he was at San Fran.

    Don’t be shocked if Dallas wants to bring him in as leverage on Dak.

  4. Great comeback story. He has nothing more to prove. Hope he lands wherever he wants.

  5. The Vikings are very interested I hear. They know they still owe Cousins a ton of money, and they will still have to bite the bullet on that, but Alex Smith provides a much better chance for them to get 7 or 8 wins this season.

  6. He should retire but he was 5-1 last year and the WFT isn’t in the playoffs without him. I just think too high of a risk. If he wants to play, definitely worth it. Yet teams would rather pay guys like Cousins, Wentz, Stafford.

    Since 2016

    Smith: 31-15
    Wentz: 35-32-1
    Stafford: 32-39-1
    Cousins: 40-37-2

    All of these QBs get a pass for the players on their offense, yet Smith is the only one who gets no credit! Winning record with three different teams in the past decade!

  7. So, they have a better option? Seems like a dumb move given the current roster. Savage business.

  8. His best health decision would be to retire. But, his second best choice could be a back-up that doesn’t actually play for several years. There is absolutely no way I would pay him starter money. Complete roll of the dice if he would stay healthy.

  9. Yeah Taylor played well but it was only one game. The kid from the Packers – Bears championship game played well too and then was never heard of again. They’re not in the playoffs with Alex and have no ideas what they’re options are going be, or even if they’ll pan out. It doesn’t hurt to keep him until camp.

    Just goes to show again that the NFL is more about the business than it is about the sport. Wins and losses are an afterthought.

  10. Alex please retire and go enjoy your life. Too much risk getting hurt on your bad leg.

  11. edelmanfanclub says:
    March 5, 2021 at 10:33 am
    He should retire but he was 5-1 last year and the WFT isn’t in the playoffs without him. I just think too high of a risk. If he wants to play, definitely worth it. Yet teams would rather pay guys like Cousins, Wentz, Stafford.

    Since 2016

    Smith: 31-15
    Wentz: 35-32-1
    Stafford: 32-39-1
    Cousins: 40-37-2

    All of these QBs get a pass for the players on their offense, yet Smith is the only one who gets no credit! Winning record with three different teams in the past decade!
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    Smith has played 16 games in a season exactly 3 times, and has never surpassed 26 TD passes. I have no idea why you’re cherry picking W/L record from 2016 forward, but who wants a starting QB that can’t stay healthy?

  12. Come to Miami if Fitz wants out… Love Fitz and respect him wanting to be able to compete for a start…

  13. conormacleod says:

    Smith has played 16 games in a season exactly 3 times, and has never surpassed 26 TD passes. I have no idea why you’re cherry picking W/L record from 2016 forward, but who wants a starting QB that can’t stay healthy?

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    Wins are cherry picked but TD passes ARENT? Fine look at his Rating, comp %, td-int ratio.

    The starts are also cherry picked! 2014 and 2017 he sat out the last game because it was a meaningless game (he had 15 starts) 2018-20 was the leg injury. Concussion in 2012.

    But no lets look at garbage time stats which Smith won’t accumulate because his team is always winning, except that’s because of everyone BUT him right???

  14. Smith isn’t the kind of guy who will single handedly take a team to the super bowl or throw for 50 TDs. But neither are Kirk, Wentz, Ryan, Garoppolo, Goff, etc. On a manageable salary on a well balanced team, he could be a great option. New England comes to mind. Miami or Indy would have been great fits if they didn’t have Tua/Wentz.

  15. Not a surprise, but now that it’s happened it gets interesting. You gotta figure NO and NE are at least considering the idea.

  16. Comeback player of the decade. Makes sense after all he has gone through he still wants out on the field. He is not a starter anymore, but he still could be a good backup option. Best of luck to him!

  17. edelmanfanclub says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:03 am
    conormacleod says:

    Smith has played 16 games in a season exactly 3 times, and has never surpassed 26 TD passes. I have no idea why you’re cherry picking W/L record from 2016 forward, but who wants a starting QB that can’t stay healthy?

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    Wins are cherry picked but TD passes ARENT? Fine look at his Rating, comp %, td-int ratio.

    The starts are also cherry picked! 2014 and 2017 he sat out the last game because it was a meaningless game (he had 15 starts) 2018-20 was the leg injury. Concussion in 2012.

    But no lets look at garbage time stats which Smith won’t accumulate because his team is always winning, except that’s because of everyone BUT him right???
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    I looked at and gave stats for his entire career. You picked 2016 to present. You cherry picked. I did not. Also, pointing out his many injuries actually makes my point, not yours. And stating “because he is always winning” is just silly.

  18. Alex can make a difference on literally any team. Even as a backup. Maybe mostly as a backup. But he’s probably not the type to sit just for a check. I’d be surprised if he keeps playing without a starting job.

  19. Since climbing out of the rubble of those early SF coaching disasters, he’s done nothing but be a solid, winning, reliable QB who has made the playoffs almost every time he’s had the chance.

    Look at all the crazy contracts being offered to guys who haven’t won as often or made the playoffs as often as had Smith.

    Any team with a solid OL and without a completely solid QB room should pick him up.

  20. He is 37 and no longer mobile.
    At 20 mil a year he is not worth the only few games he will be able to play because of his Mobility.
    He can’t depend on that leg and he needs to retire otherwise he will disappoint the next team he lands on

  21. toasteddonkey says:
    March 5, 2021 at 10:15 am
    Mike McCarthy liked him better than Aaron Rogers when he was at San Fran.

    Don’t be shocked if Dallas wants to bring him in as leverage on Dak. —– Ha! Yeah, he’d survive about two series behind that line. Dak is mobile, Smith…not any longer.

  22. This was the right move. Washington couldn’t keep him as a 20mil dollar backup. Maybe he gets healthier, but based on last year he’s not starting a full season anywhere. Always said it made for a good story, but a team that just won their division (granted NFC East) needs to be thinking about the pieces they need for the next level. They need more than 6 games against injury-plagued rosters or scrubs for (6 td/ 8 ints).

  23. This man touched my heart with passion to play the game and as a mentor to kids across the world to never give up.Mahomes credits Alex as well for showing him how to be a pro—whoever gets this man on there team the team will be much better with this mans presence. I myself wish him and his family the best!

  24. The Rivera/Hurney team is decisive and not affected by sentimentality. The WFT is in good hands. Good luck to Smith.

  25. WFT does have a great defense and some key offensive pieces in place like Mclaurin and Gibson so it seems it would be smart to draft a qb early and let the rookie, Montez and Heinike have a training camp battle for the job. Heinike would likely take the job being that theres not going to be much of an offseason again and in his very limited experience he played well so would be his to lose.

  26. orthomarine says:
    March 5, 2021 at 11:03 am
    Come to Miami if Fitz wants out… Love Fitz and respect him wanting to be able to compete for a start…
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    Fitz should stay put, as he will be starting by week 8…

  27. Let keep it 100 here, Alex Smith tossed more INTERCEPTIONS than TOUCHDOWNS and was getting paid 24.000.000 to do so, If he didn’t have a warm and fuzzy story behind him we would have a different narrative here. Isn’t it amazing how we let certain narratives get in front of the TRUTH.

  28. Smith is a class act. He’s better than many starting quarterbacks that are currently playing. I wish him well.

  29. Class act and a great career. Will easily be in the hall of fame based on his comeback alone.

  30. conormacleod says:

    I looked at and gave stats for his entire career. You picked 2016 to present. You cherry picked. I did not. Also, pointing out his many injuries actually makes my point, not yours. And stating “because he is always winning” is just silly.

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    LOL what are you talking about dude. Fine use Smith’s whole career it just makes him look better. You said he didnt play 16 games in two seasons he played 15 and just sat out the last one, and yes he missed parts of 3 years because he almost lost his leg. Hardly injury prone.

    Smith: 99-67-1
    Stafford: 74-90-1
    Cousins: 51-51-2
    Wentz: 35-32-1

    If you care about garbage time yards and TDs then I would take Stafford & Cousins. Isn’t it weird Smith has 9 winning seasons with three different teams since 2011. And Stafford, Cousins, Wentz have a combined total of TEN. Yet, I heard excuses for all these QBs but never hear credit for Smith!!

  31. The Heinicke era launched when he came within a hair of knocking the Bucs out of the playoffs. Best of luck to you Alex but the cap savings, the lack of mobility, and the availability of a talented young mobile quarterback was too much to ignore.

  32. Don’t forget Urban Meyer coached Alex in college and Jax has money to burn. Speaking of mentors for #1 pick

  33. packerkopp says:
    March 5, 2021 at 2:05 pm
    Don’t forget Urban Meyer coached Alex in college and Jax has money to burn. Speaking of mentors for #1 pick

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    I totally forgot about that; he was his coach at Utah… good catch

  34. I heard Green Bay wants Smith; they have a thing for collecting Qb’s they will never use 😂

  35. Who wants to play for a team that can’t come up with a better team name than “football team”. No kidding.

  36. Alex Smith has two career playoff wins. He’ll probably want more money than you’d pay a typical backup.

  37. Best of luck to him. To me, his signature win was with the 49ers when he threw the GW TD in the 2011-12 divisional round vs. NO. He could have made it to the Super Bowl if the 49ers punt returner knew how to hang onto the ball…

  38. Read at least twice he asked for his release because he didn’t think Washington wanted him. Seems to have been a failure to communicate by both parties.

  39. JAX is a great call. But if wants to coach he should go back to KC for the vet minimum and transition under Reid. Reid is a coach making factory. If he wants to Alex would probably be a terrific coach

  40. Well whether he plays again or not he’s still got to be a happy man with lots of money and one of the most drop dead gorgeous wives on the planet!!! Love the guy, and hope he gets to do whatever he wants, whether in football in one capacity or not, but regardless… that wife… whew! SMOKIN’….

  41. I admire what he has overcome, but before the injury, he really was just a slightly above average game manager. I don’t recall any headlines about how Alex Smith put a team on his shoulders and actually won the game. He just got decent at not losing games for his team. I hope he finds a home and can move on to do what he feels that he needs to do.

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