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Bills grab Brad Smith from Jets

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Free agent wide receiver Brad Smith is leaving the Jets but staying in the AFC East.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bills have reached an agreement with Smith on a four-year, $15 million deal.

The move is a big one for the Bills, who pick up an explosive playmaker on both offense and special teams.

And the move means the Jets will lose a player who was a threat to run or pass as a wildcat quarterback, to catch passes as a receiver or to make plays as a kickoff returner.

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  1. jasonculhane says: Jul 28, 2011 3:09 PM

    That’s kinda pricey. Brad Smith?

  2. broncobeta says: Jul 28, 2011 3:09 PM

    Daaaaaaamnnnnnnnnnn Brad Smith got payyyyyyeeedd.

    For real though, got move by the Bills. Smith won’t win every game, but he provides the game changing ability.

  3. dukesanuch says: Jul 28, 2011 3:09 PM

    The Bills should trade Brad Smith to the Cardinals for a second rounder and Larry Fitzgerald

  4. oscojoe says: Jul 28, 2011 3:10 PM

    I’m sure Brad Smith wanted to go to a organization that has some class.

    Unfortunetly there is not much talent (yet) in Buffalo.

    At least he can learn what it is like to be with a professional footbal team.

  5. jpmelon says: Jul 28, 2011 3:10 PM

    Sweet. J-E-T-S losin those goons.

  6. revischrist says: Jul 28, 2011 3:10 PM

    As a Jets fan losing Smith was expected but hurts. However there is no way he’s worth that much $$$

  7. scudbot says: Jul 28, 2011 3:11 PM

    Brad Smith knows a sinking ship when he sees one. Good move.

  8. semperfi24 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:12 PM

    4 years and 15 million is all it took to sign him??? I expected something much larger than that…

    But since he cant show up until the 4th of August, does this mean that the Jets are going to give him 20 million to stay?

  9. ishallcomment says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    Bills will never contend in that division.

  10. onebadace says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    Good pick up! CJ Spiller and Brad Smith on the field at the same time could show nice results.

  11. medtxpack says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    huge pickup for the Bills, they might win a handful of games this year.

  12. skoobyfl says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    Woody can laugh at the Bills no more, we’re turning the tables on him.

  13. polishkingski says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    very very solid pick up. i was going to chime in that they should make a play for him but the bills feel pretty set at wide out. a very nice surprize for sure. maybe things are changing at OBD.

  14. axltcu says: Jul 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    “And the move means the Jets will lose a player who was a threat to run or pass as a wildcat quarterback, to catch passes as a receiver or to make plays as a kickoff returner.”

    And that’s why they drafted Jeremy Kerley from TCU, the Jets knew they couldn’t keep Smith so they drafted a player just like him.

  15. terrellochouno says: Jul 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    Of course, Rex Ryan will fill the hole left as only Rex Ryan can: by signing another defensive player.

  16. bigdan7885 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    I was hoping the Giants would go after him, but with Hixon coming back we should be aiiight.

  17. billsfan1 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:17 PM

    Awesome…. we can run the wild cat on kick returns or we can line up with 1 QB and 10 wr

  18. green41563 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:17 PM

    Here’s a little tidbit about kick-returners on the Jets.

    Before Brad Smith became one of the best kick- returners in the league, the Jets had a pro-bowl returner in Leon Washington. And before Leon Washington, they had a pro-bowl returner in Justin Miller. And before Justin Miller, they had a pro-bowl returner in Chad Morton.

    Now, is it just coincidence that the Jets have had one pro-bowl returner after another, or is it renowned special-teams coach Mike Westhoff?

  19. clayton43 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:17 PM

    Really suprised at this…Being a Steelers fan and thinking how good and fun it was to have a guy like Smith around who can ddo so many things ( like Kordell ( beffore he became a full time QB).. Smith was/should be a huge weapon in that offense and as returner. Too bad for Jets fans, I woul, have loved to have had him on our team!!!

  20. mikeyz6 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    i love my brad smith… but im more concerned on why the hell buffalo wants him!?

  21. homelanddefense says: Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    wow that is a lot of money for a special teamer.

    He isnt a receiving threat like people keep claiming, he had 4 receptions last year, 7 the year before. Only 64 receptions in 5 seasons.

    He is a great special teams player though, not sure if the Bills will run the wildcat so Im not sure if that is valuable at all.

  22. asarabi says: Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    Now go and sign Zach Miller Buddy and I’ll be happy.

  23. woodyg says: Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    Ryan & the Jets must have been sleeping on this one …… “Ryan …… Ra Ra Ra … Ryan & the Jaaaaets” must have been too busy patting themselves on the back …… That whole org seems to spend alot of time adoring themselves ……

    They’ll miss Brad Smith ……

  24. dcryan82 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    As a Phin fan, I was REALLY looking forward to seeing him leave the AFC East.. fml. He kills us every game.

  25. dohpey28 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    Way to over pay for a guy who had 38 carries and 4 catches last year. Had a great year returning kicks, but remember they changed the kick off rules.

  26. sketchydave says: Jul 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    Dear NFL opponents, if the bills pick up an OT… Chan Gailey will be throwing a lot of wrenches in people’s defensive plans… Spiller, Parrish, Evans, smith.. All blazing fast. Have fun accounting for everyone, even you new york jets.

  27. gridassassin says: Jul 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    Does this mark the end of the line for the high priced Lee Evans?

  28. mataug says: Jul 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    His value’s dropped a little after the changes to the kickoff rules.

  29. daburgher says: Jul 28, 2011 3:23 PM

    Jets just traded away their best QB!

  30. tikyle says: Jul 28, 2011 3:24 PM

    So you guys think Brad Smith is more valuable than Breaston?

    Some of these contracts make no sense at all. A guy who touches the ball maybe twice a game vs. a guy who is a legit #2 or slot receiver. Wow and this league had the nerve to lock players out. What BS!

  31. edgarh21 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    Great solid pick…….if it was by any other team. What are the Bills gonna do with him honestly. He has the ability to change the game, but common is he really the guy that’s gonna get the bills more wins.

  32. snnyjcbs says: Jul 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    As I have wrote earlier, the Jets which so far this off season are getting worse not better then they were last year in regards to players and that have resigned a whopping 2 of their own players sure get a lot of media time. All East Coast BS

  33. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:27 PM

    sketchydave – nice..

    I would like to up the aunte.. we still need help on D…

    an ILB and an OT…

    Theres my wish list.

    I think Im liking this salary floor. The bills havent been THIS active since 1992

  34. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:29 PM

    “i love my brad smith… but im more concerned on why the hell buffalo wants him!?”

    Shut up.. and let Chan work…

  35. baldy55 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    Brad Smith was a great NY Jet. Good luck with the Bills.

  36. uclabruininstlouis says: Jul 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    I remember seeing him at Mizzou. A little humility allowed him to see the advantage of moving to wide receiver and special teams. I wonder if Cam Newton will do the same?

  37. 49ermax68 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    I think its time to restructure Steve Johnson’s contract if the Bills front office are making deals like that. Johnson should be the highest paid receiver on the Bills roster.

  38. celly84 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:34 PM

    Maybe Gailey has plans to use him at QB. Can’t be that much of a drop off from Fitzpatrick.

  39. rabidbillsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 3:36 PM

    @ Gridassassin

    What?

    I like the move. If your a true Bills fan, and actually watch their games, you would see this signing as a good thing for Roscoe. Adding another dynamic returner should allow Roscoe to be more involved in the offense. If he doesn’t get hurt, the Bills win 6 games last year, he was on fire. If the Bills can land a TE, this offense will be scary. Who will you cover? SJ? Evans? Unnamed TE? FJ/CJ out of the Backfield. Roscoe over the middle? That is whats needed to compete in this division. Go ahead Rex, sign NA, you can’t cover them all.

  40. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:38 PM

    jets cut him and resigned him last year after training camp,they just resigned him after he cleared waivers.
    can’t say i blame him.

  41. btowngetsdown says: Jul 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    B. Smith was not a bad receiver, but was 4th on the depth chart, so he did not get that many looks. He was more effective in the Wildcat, averaging about 8 yards per carry, a lot on 3rd down. He also threw a TD and ran back 2 kickoffs for TD’s, 1 with no shoe. So, that has some serious value

    He’ll be missed, and I’m glad he got paid, but the Bills might have overpaid on that one. +$4 mil per year is a lot for him. Hope he doesn’t earn it against the Jets. We all saw what sweet little Woodhead did against the Jets.

    Stats for Ease
    carries yards avg td’s
    38 299 7.9 1

  42. jetsarestacked says: Jul 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    That’s a blow to the jets special teams, but no chance smith would have got anywhere near that kind of money from the jets. Kudos for him for taking his one chance at a big pay day. He’s a great guy and a great player.

  43. mumakata says: Jul 28, 2011 3:43 PM

    Wow, Guess the money is nice. Better chance at buying a ring now. Kinda like the Jets always try to do.

  44. brianfromthecape says: Jul 28, 2011 3:44 PM

    OK, so where is Asomugha going???!!!

  45. nahcouldntbethat says: Jul 28, 2011 3:44 PM

    Nice pickup for the Bills. Smith could wind up playing some real QB for them in a split role.

  46. zinn22 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:45 PM

    Asa Jet Fan I am sorry to see him go. But he seems like a quality person and I hope he does well in Buffalo. He opens up some interesting wildcat possibilities with CJ Spiller and Fitz.

    I really like Fitzgerald he has a lot of heart. It’s hard not root for the Bills to do well. Although Buffalo is in a tough division. With Miami picking up Bush and Orton and their young receiving core they could be very dangerous. The Pats picking up and possibly motivating Haynesworth scares me. Not to mention their two young TE’s, improving secondary and new RBs. If the Jets add Nnamdi it could be on really great division. There is not an easy team in the AFC East including Buffalo.

  47. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 28, 2011 3:46 PM

    Brad..You’ve gone…to a better place.

    Love hearing how jets have got a ‘genius’ Tanny working the FA market.

    Question???? What about the bottom 30 of roster…the guys who fill in for injuries, half of whom will be starting by end/year??

    Looks like jets will be filling 1/2 their roster w/street FA’s…on their way to their 43rd straight SB victory.

    Funny thing is…their fans think everyone envies them…when we are all laughing @ them…such pitiful pervs.

  48. rcali says: Jul 28, 2011 3:49 PM

    Go ask the Browns about overpaying for a Util player. Seems like a good person so I’m happy he got his money.

  49. jetsarestacked says: Jul 28, 2011 3:50 PM

    Rabidbillsfan

    We won’t need to cover the bills receivers since they’ll be on the sidelines most of the game. The jets have ran all over the bills the past 2 years averaging more than 250 yds a game.

    Pipe down until your front offense does something to address that god awful front 7.

  50. billsfan1 says: Jul 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    It’s called drafting dareus….

  51. seahawksfan37 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:03 PM

    That’s a good pickup for the bills. But they need a lot more help the that.

  52. rabidbillsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 4:04 PM

    @jetsarestacked

    Pass-Heavy offenses don’t need to be on the field to be effective, and if you fall behind, you still plan on toting the rock every down? And drafting Dareus should improve that front 7.

    @btowngetsdown

    You might wanna check your math… thats about $3.75mil a season. And don’t forget, Smith may fill us in on what makes the Jets tick.

  53. EJ says: Jul 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    Jul 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    He is a great special teams player though, not sure if the Bills will run the wildcat so Im not sure if that is valuable at all.

    The bills already run the wildcat with Fred Jackson.

  54. brianfromthecape says: Jul 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    Frankly, Jets fans could give a damn if anyone envies us or not. We is what we is. Can’t wait til we win this year and then we get to hear more CRYING!!!

  55. curtsosexy says: Jul 28, 2011 4:10 PM

    To all the Jets haters…

    Always live by the King Rex’ #1 Rule: “Hate all you want, just NEVER IGNORE US!!”

    I see you’re obiediently following the King’s rule. Keep the negative posts coming! LOL!

  56. thechosenone6 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:13 PM

    As a Jets fan I just wish dumbass schottenheimer would have let him throw the ball out of the wildcat because he’s very capable.

  57. harleyrider1973 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    broncobeta says:
    Jul 28, 2011 3:09 PM
    Daaaaaaamnnnnnnnnnn Brad Smith got payyyyyyeeedd.

    For real though, got move by the Bills. Smith won’t win every game, but he provides the game changing ability.

    ___________________________________
    hey broncobeta, it PAID not payed.

  58. frankpm says: Jul 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    as a Jets fan, this one hurts. He was the player I was second-most hoping they would keep, after Santonio. My biggest fear however has been allayed – that we’d have our second Danny Woodhead situation in a row where we cut a promising player, who then gets immediately picked up by the Patriots and has a monster year…

  59. drunkendegenerate says: Jul 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    “As I have wrote earlier, the Jets which so far this off season are getting worse not better then they were last year in regards to players and that have resigned a whopping 2 of their own players sure get a lot of media time. All East Coast BS”

    and you are?

  60. waldoampere says: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    With kickoffs now at the 35, Brad Smith’s effectiveness on special teams has been cut in half. On the bright side, he might be the best QB on the team.

  61. ballsdeep24 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    Great move by the Bills seeing as they return kickoffs about 30 times a game.

  62. sabrenation81 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:50 PM

    As a Bills fan, I was skeptical at first. The more I think about it the more I like it. Chan Gailey loves his gimmick plays and this gives him a ridiculous amount of flexibility.

    All signs point to Buffalo moving to a spread offense with lots of pistol and wildcat formations. The new roster rules mean Brad Smith can slide right in at 3rd QB so we don’t have to sacrifice any WRs to get him on the active roster. Gailey loves his gimmick plays and now has 3 guys that can run, pass, or catch. If Buffalo comes out in some bizzare Wildcat with CJ, Brad Smith, and Roscoe all in the backfield then what the hell does the defense do? Any one of the three could take the snap and throw it, any one of the three could run with it, any one of the three could break out on a pass route. LB heads will be a-spinnin.

    Brad Smith also means that we no longer have to risk starters (i.e. CJ Spiller and Leodis McKelvin) on kick and punt returns.

    The real reason I have no problem with it, though? It doesn’t hurt our ability to bring in other guys we NEED. Buffalo came in with $36 mil available. We’ve spent $8 mil of that. (5 for Florence, 3 for Smith)

    Lets shoot high and assume our rookies cost us $10 mil (won’t happen under the new CBA) That leaves us with $18 mil under the cap for this season without even using any of the new tricks allowed under the CBA to free up extra space. PLENTY of cash to go out and grab a Clabo and a Burnett with room left to spare.

    (On a side note, though, we do need to reup Stevie Johnson long term, like… yesterday)

  63. merc13 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:52 PM

    Are bills fans delusional? Ur team is garbage with or without brad smith. U can’t even watch them, there are college teams better than the bills. This division didn’t get better cus the bills got brad smith, it’s only better cus the jets and the pats are in it.

  64. clavette says: Jul 28, 2011 5:18 PM

    bills fans are hilarious.

    smith is gonna do is win you 1 game prolly against the redskins or dolphins and make you miss out on andrew luck.

    enjoy another year of misery under ralph wilson

  65. sabrenation81 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    clavette –

    Yeah, damn Buddy Nix for doing what he can to make this team competitive now instead of playing for a 1-15 season so we can draft Andrew Luck.

    Buffalo was 4-12 last season. They lost 6 games by less than a touchdown. They played one of the toughest schedules in the league – 7 of their games were against playoff teams and they played both Super Bowl teams. They were a dropped touchdown away from beating the eventual AFC Champions in OT.

    Why should we be aiming for the worst record in the league? Why NOT try to win now? Why purposely aim to be bad so that you can maybe have a shot at a guy with a 50/50 (at best) shot of being a bust in the NFL – assuming of course he doesn’t implode during the college season a la Jake Locker?

    Screw that – you play this game to win.

  66. rolandsloan says: Jul 28, 2011 6:07 PM

    It’s ok. Bills strongest position was probably wide
    receiver already. Lets address LB, OT and especially TE.

  67. mmarm300 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:31 PM

    Kick returner, special teams, quarterback and wide receiver. Makes sense to me. Looks like extra room on the roster when u have someone that plays all those positions. Good job Chan and Buddy you filled 3rd qb without using a roster spot. I like it

  68. richm2256 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:18 PM

    Pricey, you say?

    Well, he does come from the Jets …… he’s a two-time defending Super Bowl champ.

  69. billsjetsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 11:46 PM

    I think the biggest plus side to this is we no longer should have to go through the agony of trying to watch Leodis Mckelvin and CJ spiller trying to return kicks/punts.

  70. moulds0080 says: Jul 29, 2011 2:57 AM

    Bills need to make this their third biggest FA move!

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