Does Geno Smith’s signing close the door to adding Baker Mayfield?

The Seattle Seahawks brought back quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year contract. Does this officially close the door on the team trading for Baker Mayfield?

The Seattle Seahawks made the decision to trade star quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in exchange for draft picks and players. As of this writing, the Seahawks don’t have a solid solution down the middle that has Drew Lock deployed as QB1 after the Broncos trade.

On Thursday, NFL insider Jordan Schultz reported that the Seahawks re-signed quarterback Geno Smith for a year worth $7 million.

With this signing, will the Seahawks be officially removed from the list of potential Baker Mayfield landing spots?

Seahawks: Does Geno Smith’s signing close the door to Baker Mayfield addition?

No, Smith’s signing doesn’t put the Seahawks out of the running for Mayfield. What could make Seattle a non-option for Mayfield is if they pick a quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft.

The Seahawks received the No. 9 overall pick from the Broncos in trade for Wilson. While it’s entirely possible the team could pick a quarterback with that selection, they could also draft a prospect on day two of the event.

Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns’ first overall pick of 2018, called for a trade after the team went after Deshaun Watson. That came as the Browns were reportedly told they would no longer run for Watson. But that all changed when Cleveland traded a lot of draft capital to the Houston Texans in exchange for Watson, whom they gave a five-year, $230 million, fully guaranteed contract.

Since then, Mayfield has had to land with a new team. This week, Mayfield appeared on the Ya Neva Know Podcast and was asked which team he thinks he’ll play next. Mayfield called the Seahawks “the most likely option.”

While the Seahawks signed Smith, the door isn’t really closed on bringing Mayfield. However, it could very well be shut down if the Seahawks draft a quarterback later this month. Does Geno Smith’s signing close the door to adding Baker Mayfield?

John Verrall

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