Geno Smith provides update on extension talks with Seahawks
Contract negotiations between Geno Smith and the Seahawks have started, and the quarterback is optimistic the two sides will eventually come to an agreement. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Smith said the chances of an expansion “looked pretty good.”
“We’ve had discussions and we’re sorting it all out right now,” Smith said, via ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “It’s looking very good. We think we can do some things, but obviously those things take time. It’s the process that I hate in the NFL because I just want to play football, but it’s also a business, so we have to take care of business and then we’ll come back to football.
Both sides have expressed optimism that they will eventually agree to an extension. As Henderson points out, head coach Pete Carroll has continually expressed interest in bringing Smith back. However, the head coach didn’t go so far as to declare that would happen – a factor that’s somewhat relevant when you consider the Seahawks could still slap the impending free agent QB with the tag. of franchise.
Smith ended up earning around $7 million last season through incentives. During a separate appearance on “The Pivot Podcast,” the quarterback didn’t reveal what he’s specifically looking for in a new contract, simply noting that he wants to get paid what he’s worth.
“I love Seattle,” Smith said, via Henderson. “We have a great relationship and I think we will work things out. When it comes to contracts, I think every player just wants to be paid their fair value. And it’s funny because a great friend of mine tells me, no matter what check they write, it’ll never be your value because your value isn’t in money, it’s not in money. So you just want to be respected. Your contract just means, 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 all it’s about.
Smith had a breakout campaign during his 32-year-old season, earning him his first career Pro Bowl nod. He helped guide the Seahawks to a 9-8 record while completing a league-leading 69.8% of his passes for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.