QB Taylor Heinicke wants Washington to bring back Alex Smith

Taylor Heinicke, Week 16
Posted at 11:43 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 11:43:28-05

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - Based on Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith's recent comments to GQ, his relationship with the team is rocky, but former ODU standout Taylor Heinicke hopes the team will keep him around.

"He means a lot to the team. He brings a lot to the table. Hopefully we can bring him back," Heinicke said to Andrew Siciliano Thursday on the NFL Network. "I know a lot of the guys love him and he's good for the locker room and he can still play. But football's a crazy business. So who knows what's going to happen?"

On Tuesday, Smith told GQ that he, "definitely threw a wrench in the team's plan," when he made his way back from injury. "They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance.

"Mind you, it was a whole new regime, they came in, I'm like the leftovers and I'm hurt and I'm this liability. Heck no, they didn't want me there. At that point, as you can imagine, everything I'd been through, I couldn't have cared less about all that. [laughs] Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point."

The Comeback Player of the Year has a $23.3 million cap number for the 2021season.