6 free-agent quarterbacks the Vikings could sign in 2020

(Photo by Michael Workman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Geno Smith
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(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Geno Smith
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Geno Smith

Geno Smith was a highly touted prospect back in the 2013 NFL Draft. There was even talk he could go first overall. However, he fell to the second round and he just hasn’t panned out as a starter.

In his first two years with the New York Jets, he started 29 games, throwing for over 5,000 yards with 26 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He lost the starting job the following season and he joined the New York Giants after his rookie contract was up. Smith has settled into the role of being a backup and he has bounced around the league playing for the Los Angeles Chargers and most recently, the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith does bring a little more to the table than the average backup. He can make some plays with his feet having rushed for over 650 yards in his career. He has plenty of starting experience and he wouldn’t be a huge liability if he had to start under center for just a few games in the middle of a season.

There are some concerns about Smith’s character though. He was involved in a fight with a teammate during his time with the Jets. Supposedly, it was over $600 that was owed and Smith suffered a broken jaw from the altercation. The shocking part was many of his teammates stated publicly that he deserved to get hit. He also was heard swearing at fans after a loss during his time with New York.

These incidents were earlier in his career and hopefully, he’s learned from them and grown from it. Smith has shown he doesn’t have what it takes to be a starter, but when it comes to finding a cheap backup, the Vikings could do worse.