REPORT: Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith Contemplating Retirement

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Alex Smith decided long ago that he wanted to push hard during his recovery to see if his body would allow him to one day get back on the football field. It worked out as he got put in the starting lineup and eventually to being the starting QB that helped the team secure a playoff spot.

Unfortunately, his season would end when he couldn’t play in the playoff game and was forced to watch the team lose to the Tampa Bay Bucs.

So, does Smith retire from here?

Smith said he hasn’t reached any conclusions yet about his future, saying he will take a few weeks to clear his head and talk over his future with his wife.

“I had so much fun this year, to be back in the locker room and on the field to play a game I love and to lose yourself in it is one of the great feelings in the world,” Smith said. “My wife has been through a lot, my family has been through a lot but that’s for another time and place.”

“It’s not the way you want to finish a season,” Smith said. “To even be in this situation is something that if presented to me a year ago, two years ago, I would have jumped at it.”

Smith’s return from his 2018 injury was easily the best moment of the 2020 season. He ended up starting six games, with Washington winning five of them.

If Smith still wants to play but Washington cuts him, it would save $13.8 million on the salary cap.