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For years and years, people around the NFL dissed quarterback Geno Smith for being nothing more than a decent backup signal-caller.
After two disappointing seasons as a starter with the New York Jets, he bounced around the league, and coming into the 2022 season, it looked like nothing would change for him, as many felt Drew Lock would earn the starting role over him for the Seattle Seahawks.
Instead, Smith got the QB1 spot, and he had an amazing season with 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns on a league-high 69.8 percent completion rate.
It led to him earning his first Pro Bowl nod, which came in his ninth season; no other QB had gotten his first Pro Bowl selection so late in his career in over 20 years.
Geno Smith has reached an agreement with the Seahawks on a 3-year, $105 million deal.
Smith earned his 1st Pro Bowl nod in his 9th season last year.
He was the 1st QB since Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein in 1999 to earn his 1st Pro Bowl selection that late into his career. pic.twitter.com/4oEiRooAOO
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 6, 2023
As a result of his stellar 2022 campaign, Smith was rewarded with a new contract on Monday that will reportedly be worth $105 million.
The Seahawks were expected by many to miss the playoffs after trading future Hall-of-Fame QB Russell Wilson a year ago, but they started the season 6-3 and managed to snag a playoff spot.
They have some young, emerging talent, including running back Kenneth Walker III, wide receiver DK Metcalf and Pro Bowl cornerback Tariq Woolen.
Seattle may have no shot at winning a division that is currently being dominated by the San Francisco 49ers, who are simply on a much higher level, but they can certainly make the playoffs again in 2023 if Smith continues to play at a level that is close to what he displayed this past season.
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