Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has found a new home in the National Football League.
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He will reportedly serve alongside former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones as a backup to Philip Rivers.
We've agreed to terms with veteran QB Geno Smith.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 2, 2018
Smith, 27, played at West Virginia from 2009-12, with his senior season marking the Mountaineers’ first in the Big 12 Conference. Smith earned first-team All-Big East honors as a junior in 2011 after passing for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns. He followed it up with 4,205 passing yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior in 2012.
Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he spent the first four seasons of his professional career before signing with the New York Giants for the 2017 season. He passed for 3,046 yards during the 2013 season with the Jets, setting a single-season franchise record for a rookie quarterback.
During his lone season with the Giants, Smith made one start on Dec. 3, 2017, ending a 210-game starting streak by quarterback Eli Manning. Smith has only appeared in a total of five NFL games, with two starts, since the end of the 2014 season.