Geno Smith signing with Seahawks, sets up Paxton Lynch competition

Geno Smith is getting another chance to be a backup.

The former Jets, Giants and Chargers No. 2 will sign with the Seahawks, reported Monday. Smith will compete with Paxton Lynch for the backup job behind Russell Wilson, who signed a four-year, $140 million extension with the Seahawks this offseason.

Smith, 28, lost his starting with the Jets after getting infamously punched by IK Enemkpali during the 2015 training camp. He spent two years behind Ryan Fitzpatrick then one each behind Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. Smith did start one game for the Giants when Ben McAdoo decided to bench Manning at the end of the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the day after Smith (21-of-34 for 212 yards and a touchdown) played against the Raiders, and Manning was restored as the starter.

Smith only attempted four passes in mop-up duty for the Chargers last season. The Broncos gave up on Lynch, a former first-round pick, at the start of last season, and he signed with Seattle in January.

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