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Let Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s NFL career begin.
The wide receiver agreed to a rookie contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, according to Tom Pelissero on the NFL Network.
The Ohio State product was the first wide receiver taken in the 2023 NFL draft when the Seahawks selected him with the No. 20 overall picks. Shortly after the draft, Spotrac projected his contract to be worth $14.4 million in total value based on where he was selected.
It would be hard to write a better landing spot for Smith-Njigba.
After all, he won’t have to worry about multiple double teams playing in the slot as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett line up on the outside. That should lead to more space to exploit up the middle, especially if opposing defenses are worried about creeping into the box to slow down running back Kenneth Walker III as well.
“Those guys out there running, I think it’s a good fit,” Smith-Njigba told reporters. “There are three dangerous weapons for Geno [Smith], it will be terrible. I’m ready for the offense, I’m electric and an electric player. Very excited to get to work.”
Playing with all that talent is nothing new for the rookie.
After all, he was always the slot option in the 2021 Buckeyes offense that also featured Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and ended up leading the team in catches (95) and receiving yards (1,606) to go along with nine touchdowns. receptions.
That he’s standing in that receiver room is even more remarkable because Wilson goes on to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2022 for the New York Jets. Olave surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in his first season with the New Orleans Saints that same year.
Smith-Njigba will look to continue the pattern of success for the Ohio State wide receiver that will likely continue in next year’s draft as well as the highly regarded Marvin Harrison Jr.
Seattle was one of the surprises of the NFL last season when it entered the playoffs at 9-8 even after trading franchise legend Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. It won’t break through anyone this year with all the talent, but Smith-Njigba’s presence makes the offense even more dangerous.
Anything other than a postseason appearance would be a disappointment.