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Alex Smith Not Expected Back As Washington’s Quarterback In 2021

Despite helping Washington win the NFC East and taking home the “NFL Comeback Player of the Year” award, it sounds like Alex Smith is all but done playing in the nation’s capital.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones are reporting that Smith isn’t expected to be back with Washington in 2021 and that the team will move on to another quarterback next season.

The 36-year-old Smith threw six scores last season with eight interceptions, throwing for 1582 yards in going 5-1 as a starter.

It was not an easy road back for Smith after he had 17 operations to repair and later save his leg from amputation. He missed all of the 2019 season.

Smith has played 14 seasons in the NFL, starting with the 49ers at age 21 back in 2005. He played seven seasons for San Francisco before going to Kansas City for five seasons, and now he’s played two years with Washington.

It will be interesting to see where Smith ends up and whether he will be able to work his way to being a starter or be relegated to being a backup.

The Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders are all teams reportedly looking to upgrade the quarterback spot in 2021.

In his career Smith has thrown for 199 touchdowns with 109 picks and 35,650 yards.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. “The Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders are all teams reportedly looking to upgrade the quarterback spot in 2021.”

    He seems like a really good, stand-up human being. But he’s not an upgrade for any of those teams, other than as a backup. Starting behind the Bears’ offense line would actually result in his leg being amputated this time around.

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