Washington Football Team will save nearly $15 million when it releases quarterback Alex Smith in the coming days. After the split, the reigning NFC East champions will officially begin their hunt for a new signal-caller, combing through every avenue -- trade, free agency, the draft -- to replace 2020's Comeback Player of the Year. As for Smith, however? The 36-year-old veteran hasn't 100% committed to returning, but after indicating he's got plenty of gas left in the tank, it's a safe bet he'll explore new opportunities in 2021.
Where, exactly, might the former starter end up? Even in an offseason set for unprecedented QB movement, it's not hard to identify some of Smith's most logical suitors. Here are eight of them:
8. Indianapolis Colts
With Jacoby Brissett likely headed out the door, the Colts have just Jacob Eason behind Carson Wentz on the revamped QB depth chart. That spells trouble in the event Wentz, who has an injury history, goes down. And we know Indy is all in on winning sooner rather than later. The Colts also have plenty of money. Still, there are probably better alternatives at a similar price.
7. Houston Texans
This is pretty contingent on the Texans dealing Deshaun Watson, in which case they'll be looking for just about any QB they can find to stave off infuriated fans and/or win back the dejected ones. As a bonus, new coach David Culley worked with Smith in Kansas City.