Smith, Lock remain in the spotlight of Seahawks minicamp

Geno Smith considered the idea of ​​leaving Seattle during his brief stint as an off-season free agent.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Geno Smith pondered the idea of ​​leaving Seattle during his brief stint as a free agent during the offseason.

And then he had the opportunity to be a starting quarterback again without having to start over on a new team.

“I’ve definitely been considering some other offers,” Smith said Wednesday, the first time the veteran QB has spoken to the media since he was re-signed with Seattle in April. “Of course I wanted to be back, but I had a couple of interested teams. Was just waiting at the time but I’m glad I’m here, glad everything worked out and I was able to come and sign here.”

Smith is at the center of Seattle’s biggest unknown when the Seahawks gather for minicamp this week. The question of who will be the replacement for Russell Wilson as Seattle’s starting quarterback is an ongoing debate with an answer not likely to come until sometime in August.

Despite fan calls for additional QB competition options, the Seahawks appear intent on picking either Smith or Drew Lock as a starter when the regular season begins in September.

For Smith, it’s a repeat of his rookie season, when he defeated Mark Sanchez as a starter with the New York Jets. Except this is a more mature, experienced version of Smith.

“It’s like light years ago. … I come into this competition with more knowledge and much stronger. I’m much more comfortable in my surroundings,” Smith said. “I’m not going from a college kid to a pro and I have to learn all those things. So it’s a big difference. I am older. I’m the vet in the room now, not the novice.”

Seattle has a pretty good idea of ​​what’s up in Smith, having seen him start three games last season when Wilson was out with a finger injury. Smith went 1-2 in those three starts with one loss in overtime and the other with a 13-10 loss to New Orleans, where half of Smith’s yards went by on a throw.

Lock is the unknown for Seattle, acquired from Denver as part of the deal for Wilson. Neither knows what the turning point for quarterback competition will be, but how everyone plays early in training camp and the first two games of preseason will likely carry significant weight.

Lock, who competed in a QB contest with Teddy Bridgewater in Denver last year, said he learned from the experience not to overanalyze every moment.

“It was really the first time that had happened to me last year,” Lock said. “I was trying to compare the whole time. ‘Did Teddy beat me that day or did I win that day?’ And overall, when you start thinking like that, it’s just not good for your psyche. It’s not good for your process of becoming a better quarterback. It’s not about who won that day. It’s about if I got better today to beat the guys I got better.”

Smith also briefly addressed his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence after Seattle’s final game of the regular season last January. The Washington State Patrol stopped him for driving 96 mph in a 60 mph zone and erratically crossing multiple lanes.

The King County Attorney’s Office has yet to make a ruling on charges in the case.

“Those things are being worked out. But I’m very confident and all those things,” Smith said. “These things just have to have a timetable and they have to be worked out.” Smith, Lock remain in the spotlight of Seahawks minicamp

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