March 1 (UPI) — The Washington Football Team is expected to release veteran quarterback Alex Smith this off-season.
League sources told NFL Media and the Washington Post on Monday that Washington will make the roster move in the coming days, allowing Smith to move on to his next team while the WFT looks to upgrade at quarterback.
Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2018 and underwent 17 operations to repair the injuries and save his leg from amputation. He missed all of the 2019 campaign before miraculously returning to the field this past season.
The 36-year-old Smith made his return on Oct. 11 and started six games for Washington. He was named 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after posting a 5-1 record.
However, Smith said in a recent interview with GQ that several people within the franchise didn’t want him on the roster in the 2020 season.
“There was a very small group of people that actually thought that I could do this,” Smith said. “I think the rest of the world either doubted me, or they patronized me. … When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team’s plan.
“They didn’t see it, didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance.”
Smith will leave Washington with an 11-5 record as the team’s starter. The Football Team acquired him in a 2018 trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 174 career games with the San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs and Washington, Smith recorded 35,650 passing yards with 199 touchdowns and 109 interceptions.