Washington Football Team releases Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Football Team has released quarterback Alex Smith. The 36-year-old is now a free agent.

Smith requested and received his conditional release. The team said that it was in the best interest of both teams to move on.

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith warms up before their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles
Alex Smith warms up before their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by the Washington Football Team/Instagram)

This transaction saves the team nearly $15 million in cap space. He was signed through the 2022 season.

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“I had a chance to meet with Alex Smith this week and we had a very honest and real discussion,” Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “We had the chance to reflect on the 2020 season and talk about moving forward into next year. After the conclusion of that meeting, we decided that it would be best for both parties to move on and we will be granting Alex his request to be released.

“I want to thank Alex for his contributions this past year. He made such an impact on our young roster and his leadership was one of the key factors in our late-season success and in making the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Everyone here in Washington wishes Alex and his family the best going forward and appreciates all that he gave to our organization.”

Smith made his return to the NFL in 2020 after a horrific leg injury in November 2018. The 36-year-old won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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He appeared in eight games, including six starts. He went 5-1 as a starter.

Smith went 168 of 252 for 1,582 yards on the season. He also had six touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

In his NFL career, Smith has appeared in 174 games, including 167 starts. He is 99-67-1 as a starter.

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Smith has gone 3,250 of 5,193 for 35,650 yards. He has thrown 199 touchdown passes and 109 interceptions.

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