Three days after Geno Smith and the Seahawks agreed to terms on a contract extension, the Pro-Bowl quarterback made it official Thursday morning, signing a three-year deal.
Smith, who started all 17 games last season, helping the Seahawks to a 9-8 record and a playoff berth, won the AP Comeback Player of the Year award following a campaign that saw him lead the NFL in completion percentage (69.8), finish in the top five in touchdown passes (30) and passer rating (100.9), and set franchise record for completion percentage, completions (399), attempts (572) and passing yards (4,282).
It was Smith's first season as a starter since 2014, his second year with the Jets, and after seven seasons as a backup for the Jets, Giants, Chargers and Seahawks, he seized his opportunity and showed the rest of the NFL what it had been missing out on as he bided his time as a backup. And now, Smith has been rewarded for his standout season with the first lucrative multi-year deal of his career, while the Seahawks assured themselves stability at the game's most important position, locking up Smith before he could become a free agent when the new league year begins next week.
"This was really an incredible experience with a young guy that did some amazing things," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine. "It's such a good story and it's just a real story, it really happened right before our eyes, a guy that kind of got knocked around and kind of got lost in the shuffle after a while…. Then the way he handled it with such class, character, makeup and competitiveness and, you know, beautiful come-through and athleticism, all that stuff is all part of the story. I think my favorite part of it though is how he handled it, that he was able to take this moment and capture it and he opened up to the club in terms of his leadership opportunities, and it was almost impeccably handled, orchestrated right out of the book—exactly how you'd like it to be."
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