After benching Dwayne Haskins and watching Kyle Allen go down with an ankle injury, the Washington soccer team turned to Alex Smith as their starting quarterback.
It was the first time Smith had assumed that role since the 2018 leg injury that threatened his life and career, but he was able to do well enough for Washington to win five of his six starts and win the NFC East title. While he had Smith on hand working for the team, Smith told Clay Skipper about GQ that he didn’t feel too welcome when he first told the team that he was going to try to play again.
Smith said the team “never thought he’d be back” and “it wasn’t like open arms” when he said he planned to get back in action.
“When I decided to come back, I definitely put a twist on the team’s plan,” Smith said. “They didn’t see it, they didn’t want me there, they didn’t want me to be part of it, they didn’t want me to be on the team, on the squad, they didn’t want to give me a chance. Of course, it was a completely new regime, they entered, I am like leftovers and I am hurt and I am this responsibility. Hell no, they didn’t want me there. At that moment, as you can imagine, everything that I had been through, I couldn’t have cared less. Like it or not, I’m going to give it a try right now. “
Smith had a guaranteed salary of $ 16 million last season, so there wasn’t much reason why Washington wouldn’t give him a chance once he was cleared to play. He remains under contract for 2021, but the team would only be on the hook for $ 8.6 million from their maximum cap of $ 23.3 million if they decided to go ahead without him.
There has been no word on his plans and Smith did not say anything definitive about his plans regarding playing in 2021 in the interview, but reiterated that he believes he has more to do on the field.