Washington benched 2019 first-round QB Dwayne Haskins for Kyle Allen this past week and promoted Smith to second-string. La Canfora writes that Washington believes Smith will be ready to start with a few more weeks of practice.
Despite a 1-3 record, Washington is right in the mix in a weak NFC East and HC Ron Rivera believes better quarterback play will give his team a chance.
The fact that Smith has returned to practice at all is a miracle given how many complications there were following his broken leg in 2018. There’s a good chance he’ll be rusty when he does get the chance to start, which La Canfora expects to be sometime this month.
Smith, 36, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2005. After seven years in San Francisco, Smith was traded to the Chiefs in 2013.
Smith was in the fourth year of his five-year, $76 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $10.8 million for the 2018 season when he was traded to Washington.
Washington and Smith later agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract that included $55 million fully guaranteed.
In 2018, Smith appeared in 10 games for Washington and completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown.
We’ll have more on Smith as the news is available.