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Report: Alex Smith joins ESPN as NFL analyst

Former Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Smith, 37, will contribute to NFL shows across the network at the outset versus jumping in full time, per the report. The role could grow over time, if both sides agree.

Smith also had tryouts with FOX and CBS to be a game-day booth analyst, but FOX hired Mark Sanchez while CBS elected not to replace Rich Gannon, per the report.

Smith retired in April after 16 years in the league. He finished his career with Washington, leading WFT to the playoffs more than two years after suffering a devastating leg injury in Week 11 of the 2018 season. He required 17 surgeries to save his leg, repair the injury and fight a life-threatening infection.

Smith was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after winning five of his six starts for Washington. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by San Francisco, Smith was 99-67-1 as a starter and passed for 35,650 yards and 199 touchdowns in 174 games with the 49ers (2005-12), Kansas City Chiefs (2013-17) and Washington.

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