Chargers, Browns Interested In Geno Smith

The Chargers and Browns have expressed interest in free agent quarterback Geno Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link). The Giants are also eyeing the former Jets signal-caller, and met with Smith last week.Geno Smith (Vertical)

Los Angeles re-signed its No. 2 quarterback Kellen Clemens last week, but he only inked a one-year, minimum salary benefit contract, meaning the Chargers would incur just $80K in dead money if they decided to cut bait with the 33-year-old. Philip Rivers has been remarkably durable during tenure as the Chargers’ starter, as he hasn’t missed a start since taking over more than a decade ago. As such, Smith wouldn’t be in line for much playing time if he opted to join Los Angeles.

The Browns, meanwhile, offers a wide open quarterback position, as the club is currently employing Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan (Cleveland also has Brock Osweiler under contract, but will reportedly trade or release him before he ever plays a down for the team). While the Browns will likely add a quarterback at some point in the upcoming draft, Smith would likely have a chance to earn playing time in northeast Ohio. For what it’s worth, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (Twitter link) isn’t getting the “vibe” that the Browns are interested in Smith.

Smith, 26, started one game for the Jets in 2016, but tore his ACL in that October contest and missed the remainder of the season. The former second-round pick has only attempted 56 passes over the past two years. PFR’s No. 14 free agent quarterback, Smith could still re-sign with Gang Green if the club doesn’t find a better option.

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7 comments on “Chargers, Browns Interested In Geno Smith

  1. sufferfortribe
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    Browns make no sense in this scenario. Kessler is better than Smith. So is Osweiler. Plus, I see them most likely drafting a QB this year.
    I think alot of these rumors are agent-driven, to make it appear that there is more interest in a certain player than actually exists.

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    • jmac70

      If they were smart they wouldnt draft a qb this year. Nxt years qb class i way better. Sign a qb like Geno and maybe by some miracle he can turn it around. And just keep filling out your team. make sure you have a decent team so the qb doesnt get killed or have to carry the team. Dont give up a 1st for Jimmy G only for Cousins and only if Cousins will sign an extension

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  2. Randy Dietz

    Chargers would be out of there mind to sign this bonehead! Charger fan here but starting to wonder what the Fuck the Chargers brass are thinking or not thinking for that matter! Smith is a BUM! So is Spanos and T.Telesco!

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