Washington released quarterback Alex Smith on Friday, a move that was expected for the past week.
The soccer team confirmed the news with a statement from head coach Ron Rivera, thanking the quarterback for his time with the organization.
“I had the opportunity to meet with Alex Smith this week and we had a very honest and real conversation,” Rivera said. “We had the opportunity 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 go ahead and we will grant Alex his request to be released. I want to thank Alex for his contributions last year. He had a huge impact on our young roster and his leadership was one of the key factors in our success at the end of the season and in making the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Everyone here in Washington wishes Alex and his family the best. in the future and is grateful for all that he has given to our organization. “
Smith was AP’s comeback player of the year after returning from the devastating leg injury that cost him the entire 2019 season. Smith has said he feels he still has plenty of room to grow on the field, though he has not formally announced plans. to play in 2021.
The quarterback appeared in eight 2020 games, starting six. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Smith did not play in Washington’s postseason loss to Tampa Bay with a calf injury.