‘It’s looking very good’: Seahawks star Geno Smith reveals he is close to signing a new deal in Seattle… having finally earned his spot as QB1 after Russell Wilson’s Broncos exit
Pro Bowl quarterback Geno Smith has opened up on his contract talks with the Seattle Seahawks, admitting that things are ‘looking very good’ after coming off his best NFL season yet.
The 32-year-old, from Florida, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March if negotiations break down.
‘We’ve had talks and we’re in the process of getting all that settled right now,’ Smith said on Friday from Las Vegas ahead of his first Pro Bowl game on Sunday.
‘It’s looking very good. We think we can get some things done, but obviously those things take time.
‘This is the process that I hate about the NFL because I just want to play football, but it’s a business as well, so we’ve got to take care of business and then we’ll get back to the football.’
The 32-year-old gave insight on talks over a new deal Friday, two days before his first Pro Bowl
Seahawks QB Geno Smith is bullish that a settlement will be found with Seattle over a new deal
Smith proved himself as one of the league’s most complete quarterbacks this year after mostly playing second fiddle since being drafted as a second round pick in 2013.
The ex-West Virginia quarterback took over the Seahawks starting job from Russell Wilson in the offseason and now leads the league in completion percentage (69.8 percent).
He also ranks sixth in total quarterback ratings and is also setting new franchise records. His one-year contract with Seattle, however, is soon to be up.
Smith initially signed a $3.5million deal with the franchise last April and made another $3.5million in incentives.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has repeatedly insisted that he wants Smith back though he hasn’t reassured fans by claiming that anything’s possible.
Seattle could tie the former Jets, Giants and Chargers player down to a multi-year deal or use its franchise tag – a designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met. Each team has one franchise tag and one transition tag per year.
In an interview for Seattle’s Sports Radio 93.3 KJR-FM, Seahawks general manager John Schneider reiterated that he’d hope to re-sign Smith, as well as backup up QB Drew Lock.
Smith proved to be one of the NFL’s best starting QBs since taking over from Russell Wilson
The Seahawks front office has reaffirmed its commitment to bringing Smith back next season
‘We’d love to have him back. He knows that. He’d love to be back here as well. He knows it’s about the entire team and putting this whole thing together, and that it’s going to be a process.’
Smith’s contract was also a topic of conversation in his latest media appearance on The Pivot Podcast, shared on YouTube on Friday.
The quarterback didn’t go into any details of the type of deal he’s looking for but expressed his desire to stay on the West Coast.
‘I love Seattle,’ Smith said. ‘We have a great relationship and I think we’ll work things out. When it comes to contracts, I think every player just wants to get paid his worth.
‘And it’s funny because of great friend of mine tells me, ”no matter what check they write, it’ll never be your worth because your worth isn’t in money, it isn’t in monetary things.”’
‘So you just want to be respected. Your contract just wants to say, ”we respect you, we understand what you bring to the table, we understand what caliber of player you are, and we appreciate you.” That’s really what it comes down to.’
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