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Report: Washington will part ways with Alex Smith

Washington will let Smith go this offseason. Their starting QB for 2021 is still unknown.

Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 3, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Alex Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, won’t be retained by the Washington Football Team, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Smith’s comeback from a devastating leg injury has been an inspiration to many. He was able to return to start for Washington last season and even played through an injury to his previously injured leg.

Washington will move on from the 36-year old veteran though, as they look to the future, but Smith does want to continue playing. Smith wasn’t great in his return, as he completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions. But, he did help the team with a 5-1 record in his six starts. Quarterback wins aren’t the best statistic, but he was able to get out of those games with a win and it does count for something.

Smith will have a difficult time finding a starting job, but could be brought in as a back-up in many places. His veteran leadership and ability to make spot starts should keep his services desirable.

Washington doesn’t have a quarterback, as usual. They’ll be in on all of the free agents, as they have been so far this offseason. Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Trubisky, and others will all get Washington’s attention.