Ron Rivera: "I had a chance to meet with Alex Smith this week and we had a very honest and real discussion. We decided it would be best for both parties to move on and we will be granting Alex his request to be released. "
It makes financial sense for Washington to move on from Alex Smith, which will save them close to $15 million against the cap. Smith will look to add a veteran presence in a team's locker room in 2021.
It's highly unlikely we'll see a return to prior 2019 form for Ben Roethlisberger, but he remains the starter in Pittsburgh for 2021. Even without JuJu Smith-Schuster if he decides to sign elsewhere, the 39-year old QB does have plenty of surrounding offensive weapons and should be considered a QB2 heading into this season.