The crazy idea that Alex Smith would retire from football and immediately take over as the Redskins GM can almost be put to bed. It won't officially die until the Redskins announce their new GM, or whatever front office structure they come up with.
What was appealing about the idea of Alex Smith going to the Redskins front office? Salary cap relief for one. The theory was Dan Snyder would overpay Smith to start his new career. The Redskins would be off the hook for the money he is owed from his injury guaranteed. Sounds like something other owners might have an issue with.
Fans also saw Alex Smith appearing more with Dan Snyder, both on the field and in the owner's box. This also coincided with Bruce Allen being more distant from Snyder, a man on the way out. Smith also appeared in the owner's box with his former head coach Urban Meyer.
Smith spoke today and seemingly shot down all the speculation regarding his future. He doesn't have any aspirations to move into a front office role.He is solely focused on rehabbing his leg injury, and returning to the field. He has been mentoring rookie QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and didn't see himself as competition for him.
Smith on speculation about his future: "Has their ever been a GM/quarterback?" #jokes— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 30, 2019
Asked about joining Washington’s front office, Alex Smith says he has “no aspirations” other than returning to play. It has been 14 months since broken right tibia and fibula and subsequent issues.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) December 30, 2019