Mike Florio believes Alex Smith's time in Washington is 'over'

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Mike Florio believes Alex Smith's time in Washington is 'over' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Soon, the Washington Football Team will have to make a challenging decision regarding quarterback Alex Smith. Does he stay or does he go?

Typically, choosing whether or not to keep a 36-year-old backup passer due more than $20 million for the coming season would be a simple thing to do. In most scenarios, that quarterback would not be brought back. Yet with Smith, his incredible comeback and what he's mean to the franchise in recent years complicates that decision.

For ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, however, those factors aren't enough for Washington to keep him. He believes the end of the relationship is coming up shortly.

“It’s over, I feel like it’s over," Florio said on Tuesday's PFT Live show.

The reasoning stems solely from the financial strains Smith puts on the organization. It's clear that Washington cannot pay him the money he is set to make based on the role he'll play in the offense. With the team clearly searching for a quarterback, the most likely scenario for Smith -- if he were to remain -- would be as a backup QB. 

Therefore, the most realistic option for both sides is to part ways. It allows Washington to open cap room - cutting Smith before June 1 saves $14.7 million against the cap and leaves just $8.6 million in dead money - and gives Smith an opportunity to find his next spot if he prefers to keep playing.

“For what he’s due to make, for what they want him to take, he’s better off getting cut, which is what will happen, and just picking his next spot," Florio said. "Picking where he wants to be a backup.”

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As he explains, Florio believes there is still a place for Smith in the league, it's just not as a starter. His leadership and character are unmatched, making him a great addition to any quarterback room. For teams with young passers, Smith could be the perfect mentor. 

Florio likens it to the work Josh McCown had done for years. As a backup quarterback, he was capable of maneuvering the offense if needed but where he really shined was in his ability to act as a role model and example for others. Almost acting as a coach, yet making more money.

“I think Alex Smith has a lot to give by way of teaching and mentoring a young quarterback," Florio said. "Alex Smith has always been a guy about whom the other quarterbacks have raved."

The decision on both sides remains up in the air. But if he wants it, Smith can still have a great impact on the league in 2021 even if that is not in Washington.