Seahawks QB Geno Smith still first choice amid Cam Newton's NFL comeback plans

Josina Anderson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Cam Newton's desire to return to the NFL after confirming he was vaccinated circulated the league Monday, which brought into question whether he could be a good fit to fill in for an injured Russell Wilson. But, the Seattle Seahawks are sticking with backup Geno Smith for now.

Newton’s agent spoke with the Seahawks, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. 

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed during an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle the team spoke with Newton following Wilson’s injury.

However, the Seahawks will move forward with Smith as the temporary starter.

Smith replaced Wilson in Week 5 after the All-Pro quarterback injured his finger against the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson is now on injured reserve and expected to miss about a month.

Smith got his first start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He received strong reviews from the coaching staff. Carroll felt Smith looked poised and comfortable throughout the game.

This is Smith's second season serving as Wilson’s backup and has a handle on the Seahawks playbook. His ability to make accurate throws and manage the offensive tempo has endeared himself to teammates.

“I think Geno did good for the preparation that he had,” Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf said in his postgame press conference. “He came in, stepped up and made some big-time plays.”

Smith completed 23 of 32 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. He will face the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.

Newton will continue to look for more NFL opportunities as the season unfolds, but Washington Football Team won't be one, according to person with direct knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.