Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith said his comeback threw a “wrench” into the team’s plans and that he didn’t feel wanted by the organization this past summer.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year says he surprised the organization by being able to play:
“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, mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in; I’m like the leftovers and I’m hurt and I’m this liability.”
“Heck no, they didn’t want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I’d been through, I couldn’t have cared less about all that. Whether you like it or not, I’m giving this a go at this point.”
Smith’s comments make you wonder if he wants to remain with the organization and how much frustration he still has over the situation. Washington remains open to the idea of retaining Smith and building up more of the offense, but the team is also exploring other options at quarterback because of the uncertainty of whether or not Smith can play a full season.
Smith has a $24.4 million cap hit and Washington would save $13.8 million if it released him.
Smith was asked if about retirement and this was his response:
“I got more left, I got more to get there, too. So I really do really wanna get in the meat of this offseason and see where I’m at and push it. I want to push my body harder. I want to push my leg harder. The harder I push it, it does respond. At some point, I’m obviously going to have to sit down with my wife and have a very real conversation, and do we want to do this? She deserves a ton of input. So we’ll see.”
ESPN reached out to the team for their comments and Washington declined.