Writing His own Story: Geno Smith named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Credit: Alika Jenner

Geno Smith was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Thursday evening, capping off a remarkable 2022-2023 season for the Seattle Seahawks quarterback.  

After spending nearly 10 seasons as a backup, Smith produced a Pro-Bowl caliber season, leading the Seahawks to a 9-8 record and a trip to the NFC Wild Card. 

Smith set a new single-season passing record for the Seahawks in 2022, finishing the regular season with 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions- all career highs for the veteran quarterback. He also managed to lead the league in completion percentage and was top-five in quarterback rating. 

Smith is currently a free agent, however, the general consensus is he will be back under center for the Seahawks in 2023. Most around the league believe Smith will likely land the franchise tag ($32.4 million) or a multi-year deal in the neighborhood of $30 million a season.

Geno is coming off a one-year, $3.5 million contract which he vastly outperformed. He is primed for a significant payday. 

In a recent interview with Ryan Clark, Smith reiterated that he would love to stay in Seattle.

“I love Seattle. We have a great relationship, and I think we’ll work things out” Smith said. 

“No matter what check they write, it’ll never be your worth. Because your worth isn’t in monetary things. We just want to be respected.” 

Stay tuned for off-season updates on the Seahawks and Smith’s contract negotiations.