The Facts: Smith was expected to be a bridge quarterback in 2022, but he was more than that in his first year as a full-time starter since 2014. Smith threw 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and his 69.8 completion percentage led the league. The Seahawks will have to figure out how much that’s worth to them and for how long. Smith expressed optimism that his representation and the Seahawks can “work things out.”
Diehards Line: “We’ve have had talks, and we’re in the process of getting all that settled right now,” Smith said. “It’s looking very good. We think we can get some things done, but obviously those things take time. This is the process that I hate about the NFL, because I just want to play football. But it’s a business as well, so we’ve got to take care of business and then we’ll get back to football.” The Seahawks made one of the most shrewd decisions of last offseason, trading Russell Wilson and re-signing Smith. Wilson had the worst year of his career, and Smith made the Pro Bowl and is a finalist for comeback player of the year after leading the Seahawks to the playoffs. Smith and Drew Lock are both free agents.