The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Sunday that they’ve added a new quarterback to the mix behind Philip Rivers as they’ve agreed to terms with veteran Geno Smith on a one-year deal.
Smith entered the league as the New York Jets’ second-round pick (39th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. He appeared in 33 games over four seasons for the Jets with 30 starts, completing 501 of his 866 attempts for 5,962 yards and 28 touchdowns. After an ACL injury cost him all but two games in 2016, Smith spent last season as Eli Manning’s backup for the New York Giants. He appeared in two games with one start, completing 21-of-36 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown.
Head Coach Anthony Lynn boasts an intimate knowledge of the 6-3, 221-pound Smith as he was with the Jets for the first two seasons of the QB’s career with the team. Over that span, the quarterback started 29 of the 30 games he appeared in, completing 446-of-810 attempts for 5,571 yards and 25 touchdowns. Smith also rushed 131 times for 604 yards and another seven TDs.