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Washington Football Team Releases Comeback Player of the Year Quarterback Alex Smith

Introduction

On Friday, March 5th, 2021 the Washington Football Team decided to release their veteran quarterback, Alex Smith, who had overcome the most extreme and difficult situation imaginable in order to return to playing professional football once again for the Washington Football Team. For his hard work and dedication to the game Smith was presented the 2020 – 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Alex also helped the Washington Football Team win the NFC East title to make an appearance in the 2020 – 2021 NFL postseason.

The decision for the Washington Football Team to release Smith was based on him turning 37 – years – old this May, and his contract will count $24.4 million against the team’s salary cap. By releasing Alex, the Washington Football Team will save $14.9 million against the salary cap which makes him quite easily expendable.

Quarterback Situation

According to the Washington Football Team’s depth chart at the quarterback position, at the moment they have Taylor Heinicke listed as their starting quarterback, followed by Kyle Allen as their second string QB, and Steven Montez is listed as their third string quarterback.

Heinicke’s contract was just recently extended to a 2 – year deal including incentives that place a value of $8.75 million on the new agreement. Kyle Allen is currently an exclusive rights free agent, and Allen is expected to work out a new deal with the Washington Football Team sometime prior to the 2021 – 2022 NFL season. Montez was signed by the Washington Football Team as undrafted free agent last offseason. Smith’s hard work and courage was greatly appreciated by Washington, but unfortunately, they had to move in a different direction at this point in time. Hopefully Alex can find another NFL franchise to pick him up now as he is an unrestricted free agent assuming that he still wants to play football in the NFL and not retire.

Smith’s Gruesome Injury

Smith endured a devastating compound fracture on his right leg while playing against the Houston Texans on November 18th, 2018. The Washington Redskins ended up losing that game, but that was the least of his concerns moving forward. The star quarterback had to undergo approximately 17 surgeries after the massive injury due to multiple infections from the wound. At one point there was a possibility that his leg may need to be amputated due to the medical complications that he went through.

The Rehabilitation Process

Smith’s rehab was intense as most professional athletes have to go through this after a major injury suffered while doing their job. He told the media how, not only was it tough to get through all the physical elements of the rehabilitation, but the mental hurdles that he must overcome seemed insurmountable at times. He used the day – by – day approach to try to work through those as he dreamed of playing football in the NFL once again.

Smith wore an external fixator while allowing for his right leg to fully recover. He credits this device for greatly helping and benefiting him through his rehab developments. He was keeping up with his throwing during the rehabilitation process, and that was never a problem for him even with the busted leg.

He explained that running was the hardest part, and that he had to learn to run again post surgeries. He had problems dropping back into a passing position, and obviously making cuts on the leg was extremely difficult for him at that time. He didn’t quite trust his leg to respond the way it should and that was tough on him both mentally and physically, but he worked hard and miraculously was able to return to NFL game action during the 2020 – 2021 NFL season.

Alex Smith’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2020)
  • 3 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2013, 2016, 2017)
  • NFL Passer Rating Leader (2017)
  • First – Team All – American (2004)
  • MWC Offensive Player of the Year (2004)

Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

Team                                                   Odds
Kansas City Chiefs                               +450
Green Bay Packers                               +850
Tampa Bay Buccaneers                        +850
Buffalo Bills                                          +1100
Los Angeles Rams                               +1200
San Francisco 49ers                            +1400
Baltimore Ravens                                +1600
New Orleans Saints                             +2000
Indianapolis Colts                                 +2000
Cleveland Browns                                +2000
Seattle Seahawks                                +2000
Miami Dolphins                                    +2500
Los Angeles Chargers                          +2800
Dallas Cowboys                                   +2800
Tennessee Titans                                 +2800
Pittsburgh Steelers                              +3300
Arizona Cardinals                                +3300
New England Patriots                          +4000
Minnesota Vikings                                +5000
Atlanta Falcons                                    +5000
Carolina Panthers                                +5000
Denver Broncos                                   +5000
Chicago Bears                                     +6600
New York Giants                                  +6600
Las Vegas Raiders                               +6600
Washington Football Team                +6600
Philadelphia Eagles                              +8000
New York Jets                                       +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars                           +10000
Cincinnati Bengals                              +10000
Houston Texans                                  +15000
Detroit Lions                                        +15000

 

Sources:

“Washington Football Team releases quarterback Alex Smith”, John Keim, espn.com, March 5, 2021.

“QB Smith: Big step will be learning to run again”, John Keim, espn.com, June 21, 2019.

“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 6, 2021.

“Alex Smith”, pro-football-reference.com, March 6, 2021.


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