Seattle Seahawks starting QB Russell Wilson signed a $140 million contract for four years with a $65 million signing bonus in April 2019. Making him the highest-paid player in the NFL, for now.
Most in the NFL media believe that whoever gets the backup job, the other will be cut from the team. So the news media is paying closed attention to this backup QB situation. They are not the only ones, XFL commission Oliver Luck is too.
The question on the Seahawks front office and fans minds is who will back up their franchises most expensive and vital player. That answer comes down to two players Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch.
Oliver Luck told TheAthletic.com, “One of these guys is going to get cut. There’s a bunch of those going on. We might not get all of those guys, the quote-unquote loser of those, but a Geno or Paxton is not going to end up on a practice squad. “
The New York Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the New York Giants (2017) and Los Angeles Chargers (2018).
The Denver Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He only lasted two seasons before being released before the 2018 season.
More than likely, the loser of the backup QB competition will wind up in the XFL. Smith told reporters recently, “I know that I can do a lot of things on the field. I believe that I am a starter, I just need another opportunity.”
If either of these players wants an opportunity to start again, the XFL could be their best option. Do you think they would be a good fit in the XFL?
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