Aiming to bolster competition behind starting quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have officially signed veteran signal caller Geno Smith.
Formerly a second round for the Jets back in 2013, Smith earned the team’s starting job out of training camp as a rookie. During his first two NFL seasons, the former West Virginia standout started 29 games, throwing 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Despite making tangible progress during his second season, Smith suffered a broken jaw during a fight with teammate I.K. Enemkpali and underwent surgery. Sidelined for significant time, he lost his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick and appeared in only three games during his final two seasons in New York.
After tearing his ACL in his lone start during the 2016 season, Smith served a backup role with the Giants and Chargers each of the past two seasons. In seven games with the two teams, he completed 22 out of 40 passes with one touchdown pass.
In 40 total games with three teams, Smith has thrown for 6,182 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions while completing 57.7 percent of his career pass attempts.
With his signing now official, the Seahawks currently have three quarterbacks on the 90-man roster, as the 28-year old Smith will compete against former Broncos first round pick Paxton Lynch to back up Wilson. Undrafted free agent Taryn Christion, who participated in the team’s rookie minicamp, was waived on Monday.