NFL rumors: Eagles could lose ex-Washington QB Alex Smith to Bears

When news broke Monday that the Washington Football Team will be releasing quarterback Alex Smith, it was natural to assume the Philadelphia Eagles could be a landing spot for the 36-year-old.

After all, the Eagles already traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts and Nate Sudfeld is a free agent, leaving Jalen Hurts as the only quarterback on Philadelphia’s roster.

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The second-year QB needs some veteran guidance, and that’s a role Smith has filled in the past with Washington and the Kansas City Chiefs. So joining the Eagles would seem like a no-brainer. Except there’s this nugget from Pro Football Talk:

Smith could make sense for Chicago because the Bears need a quarterback, and because Smith has a strong relationship with Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator during Smith’s five seasons in Kansas City. “He and I spent five years together and we were about as close as it gets from a coach-and-player relationship,” Smith said in the past of Nagy. “To see him grow as a quarterbacks coach, then go to coordinator and now I am pumped for him as he becomes a head coach. I think he is going to do awesome.”

Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, returned in 2020 after recovering from a potentially career-ending and life-threatening leg injury suffered in 2018.

Smith played in eight games last year, starting in six of them. Smith completed 66.7% of his passes for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns, and eight interceptions, resulting in him being named the Associated Press’ 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

(NJ Advance Media’s Chris Franklin contributed to this report.)

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