By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
It is a miracle that Alex Smith will be allowed to play football once again. The “Washington Football Team” signal-caller has been cleared, according to ESPN, to participate in full football activities.
Smith suffered a horrific leg injury that nearly cost him his leg following an injury against the Houston Texans in November 2018. Due to the injury, he had a long road back that saw him nearly lose his leg due to the staph infection he had to deal with after a surgery.
He was previously a part od a E:60 documentary called “Project 11.” There will be additional segments for the documentary, as it’ll show Smith going through the coronavirus pandemic and the quarterback reporting to the team facility on Monday, July 27th.
Smith is no longer the team’s starting quarterback due to the injury. Dwayne Haskins was picked in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft to be used as the future quarterback.
Once Smith arrives at the facility, Ron Rivera, who is the defacto GM, as well as head coach, will determine what to do with the veteran signal-caller.
If the Redskins elect to move on from the quarterback in a release, according to Spotrac, the franchise will face a $21.4 million dead cap hit for the 2020 season. In addition, the team will face a $10.8 million dead cap hit for the 2021 season.
The team will now have any cap savings by releasing Smith post-June 1st.
It’ll be tough, but maybe not far-fetched. If Washington can find a taker to acquire Smith, the Redskins will face a $5.4 million dead cap hit in 2020. Then, in 2021, the team will face a $10.8 million hit.
However, the team would save $16 million on the 2020 cap if a trade is worked out.
Smith is on the books for the next three seasons. There is a potential out following the 2021 season that would make it a three-year, $71 million deal, while the “Washington Football Team” or another franchise will face a $10.8 million dead cap hit.
ESPN is reporting that Smith had been preparing in Hawai’i with his family. While he is ready, it’s not clear how his bones in his leg have healed, especially strength wise.
“Everyone was in agreement that my bone was in a really good place,” Smith told ESPN on Friday. “I had healed a lot. They said that given the combination of the rod and where I was with the healing process, I had zero limitations and could even resume some football activities.
“To hear them say that, from a life standpoint, they wouldn’t restrict me from doing anything — I could go skiing or snowboarding tomorrow if I wanted — then on top of that, to get the green light that I could practice, get contact, that I had healed up, that much was pretty wild to hear. I didn’t know if I would ever hear those words.”
Despite being cleared, he is still going to have to prove that he is worth another shot at the NFL.
“For me, all eyes are on practice,” Smith said. “That’s the next step. I have to go prove to myself and certainly to everybody else that I can go practice.”
The 36-year-old was previously the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. In his NFL career, he has appeared in 166 games, including 161 starts. As a starter, he has gone 94-66-1.
Smith has gone 3,082 of 4,941 for 34,068 yards with 193 touchdown passes and 101 interceptions. He also has 570 carries for 2,601 yards and 15 additional touchdowns.