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As Jets chased Nnamdi, Brad Smith decided not to wait

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With so many moves coming so quickly during the craziest four days in NFL history, it was easy to miss some fairly compelling stories regarding how a guy landed in a given city.

In New York, the decision of receiver/returner/Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith to jump from one corner of the state to the other demonstrates just how crazy things became.

Peter King of SI.com reports in his indispensable Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Jets planned to bring back Brad Smith if they weren’t able to land cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.  But Smith, unlike cornerback Antonio Cromartie, opted not to wait.

Smith told King he has no regrets about leaving a team with Super Bowl dreams.  “Not at all,” Smith said.  “And I saw what happened with them not re-signing Jerricho [Cotchery], Shaun [Ellis] and Braylon [Edwards].  Things were changing there.  And here, this might be a Super Bowl team too.”

Smith is now a quarterback in Buffalo, where he could become a Kordell Stewart-style weapon (from Kordell’s good years, not his bad years).  King saw Smith line up in shotgun formation with four receivers, roll to the right, step forward as if he planned to run, and then launch the ball 55 yards in the air.

“That guy’s going to be so much fun to have around here, because he gives us such a different dimension,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick told King.

Said coach Chan Gailey regarding Smith’s role, “I don’t know if he’ll touch the ball four times in a game or 14.  All I know is he’s going to get it a bunch.”

And so now the Jets have neither Nnamdi nor Smith.  They’ll instead get to face each guy this year, and they’ll see Smith twice.

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29 Responses to “As Jets chased Nnamdi, Brad Smith decided not to wait”
  1. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 8, 2011 8:52 AM

    “Smith is now a quarterback in Buffalo, where he could become a Kordell Stewart-style weapon”

    Sure, why not? He threw 7 passes in 5 years for the Jets. Sounds dangerous to me.

  2. itsacurse says: Aug 8, 2011 8:52 AM

    He’s a WR who can’t catch, a QB in an gimmick package that’s going out of style, and a KR in a league that’s trying to increase touchbacks. And the Bills gave him $15million.

  3. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 8, 2011 8:54 AM

    Smith told King he has no regrets about leaving a team with Super Bowl dreams. “Not at all,” Smith said. “And here, this might be a Super Bowl team too.”

    ——————

    Now THATS funny! Thanks for the laugh Brad.

  4. melonnhead says: Aug 8, 2011 8:57 AM

    Asomugha missed practice time this weekend with an “upper leg inflammation”. Legs are the first things that go when you’re talking about cornerbacks.

  5. benh999 says: Aug 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    Kordell was the biggest weapon in the bushes behind highway rest areas. Big shoes for Smith to fill.

  6. ninjapleazee says: Aug 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    being coached by Rex Ryan sure made him delusional

  7. stampats says: Aug 8, 2011 9:10 AM

    Brad Smith is an ALL WORLD Person – I’ve met him 2x and he and his family are the nicest people on earth…

    I think Brad Smith was a nice option when Sanchez was a rookie and 2nd year QB but, for the Jets to develop, Sanchez needs to be the QB and not be taken out of rythm…

    Good fit now with Buffalo as they develop a QB….

    Also, If Brad Smith was never going to throw the ball then, the “Wildcat” was greatly overrated and was being sniffed out all too often…

    If I’m Buffalo I let Brad Smith Throw the ball over 50% of the time over the top….

    For the Jets, they have kick returners, the Kickoffs are further back and they drafted a WR in Kerley who can be the All-Around gimmick guy…..

    Fact is, as great a Guy Brad Smith is, He’s not a player who you hold your team up over and over spend with… He’s a nice little part of your team on the cheap and IMO, the Jets weren’t really looking to keep him unless he wound up wanting to return cheap after the FA storm….

    Best Wishes to Brad and THROW THE BALL!!!!

  8. crunchyclam says: Aug 8, 2011 9:13 AM

    Do you really believe that the Jets would’ve signed Smith at four-years, $15 million if he waited for the Nnamdi chase to be over? Is that really the angle you’re going with? Another fine example of ‘troll’ journalism.

  9. richm2256 says: Aug 8, 2011 9:26 AM

    “where he could become a Kordell Stewart-style weapon (from Kordell’s good years, not his bad years)”
    ——————————————————–

    Kordell Stewart had “good” years? How did we all miss them?

    “And here, this might be a Super Bowl team too.”

    Key words: Jets, Super Bowl, MIGHT (vs. IS)

  10. hateradeonrocks says: Aug 8, 2011 9:30 AM

    nnamdi is practicing right now. but that’s cool that you root for guys to get injured.

  11. jnbnet says: Aug 8, 2011 9:36 AM

    I don’t understand….I thought everyone wanted to play for Jaba the jet.

  12. realitypolice says: Aug 8, 2011 9:51 AM

    I hear he actually signed with Buffalo because of the weather and the exciting night life.

    He also fell in love with the young, vibrant ownership and dynamic head coach.

    Or maybe he signed there because no one else on planet earth was going to give him more than a 1 year, $1 million dollar deal to touch the ball between 4 and 14 times per game.

  13. uclabruininstlouis says: Aug 8, 2011 10:04 AM

    Smith was great at Mizzou and he’ll be great in Buffalo. Good luck, Brad.

  14. EJ says: Aug 8, 2011 10:06 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Aug 8, 2011 8:52 AM
    “Smith is now a quarterback in Buffalo, where he could become a Kordell Stewart-style weapon”

    Sure, why not? He threw 7 passes in 5 years for the Jets. Sounds dangerous to me.

    It is dangerous, here’s why… Chan Gailey is the person who made Kordell Stewart a threat during the years he was used properly. Gailey is now the mastermind behind the playbook Smith will follow. Expect results.
    Go Bills!!!!

  15. melonnhead says: Aug 8, 2011 10:13 AM

    nnamdi is practicing right now. but that’s cool that you root for guys to get injured.

    ——————————————————————-

    Held out of 11 on 11 drills, and nobody’s rooting for him to get hurt. That’s a Philly thing.

  16. marvsleezy says: Aug 8, 2011 10:22 AM

    OK kids, heres a little football lesson – If Brad Smith is a QB, and lines up as QB, and the number 1 QB (Fitz) is on the bench……

    Then that is not the Wild Cat – That is just a running QB – And thats not a fad or a gimmick.

  17. tomcous says: Aug 8, 2011 10:23 AM

    RE:
    benh999 says:
    Aug 8, 2011 8:59 AM
    Kordell was the biggest weapon in the bushes behind highway rest areas. Big shoes for Smith to fill.
    —————-

    I’m a Bills fan … but I couldn’t help LMAO on that one …

  18. dolfan34 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:34 AM

    It’s funny how the Jets fans can justify losing this guy by saying ‘would the Jets have paid this guy $15′. Guys it’s over four years….it’s not a lot of money. Underated, valuable guy. Would have loved to have seen this guy in Miami.

    The Jets chased the prettiest girl at the ball and were rejected. They misplayed the Smith move thinking he’d return. Too many loses for them this year and they will slide. Can’t wait to see pretty boy Sanchez struggle….

  19. weightshakes says: Aug 8, 2011 10:34 AM

    Smith (WR) in 2010:

    Receiving yards: …..44

    Rushing yards: …….290

    TDs: ………………………..1

    A receiver who had only 44 yards receiving? He gained less than 20 yards rushing per game? One touchdown all year? I’m not sure the Jets were waiting around for him. I think they’ll have no problem replacing his production.

    And the Bills gave him $16 million?

  20. nyjetsmaniac says: Aug 8, 2011 10:47 AM

    Good Luck in Buffalo .They look like a team that is PRIMED for a major run …..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Team hasn’t had a winning season in 6 or 7 years ..But Chan Gailey is going to get them over the HUMP? Brad Smith enjoy the black hole of the AFC .

  21. thephantomstranger says: Aug 8, 2011 10:56 AM

    Smith is now a quarterback in Buffalo, where he could become a Kordell Stewart-style weapon (from Kordell’s good years, not his bad years).
    ______________

    That remains to be seen.

  22. kcflake says: Aug 8, 2011 11:20 AM

    Brad Smith is actually too good for the “ALL ABOUT ME” Jets. I am glad to see him leave for a different team. Obviously, No One commenting here saw him play QB at the U. of Missouri in College. Record setting QB that brought MU back to prominence. I wouldn’t sleep on him. I hope he schools the Jets twice a year Every year. Good Luck Brad.

  23. green41563 says: Aug 8, 2011 11:39 AM

    Is this really a story two weeks after he signed? This web site is obsessed with the Jets and will do anything to find a Jets angle–no matter how stale or attenuated–because the Jets are the only team that gets page views here.

  24. stanmackley says: Aug 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    its always nice to hear from the bandwagoneers that have hopped into the jets fanclub. at least buffalo has their own stadium.

  25. green41563 says: Aug 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    Signing Brad Smith to this kind of contract was a CLASSIC “bad team” move. It’s the sort of mistake that you see bad teams make over and over: Take a bit player who succeeded on a good team surrounded by good players and good coaches and then HOPE that it’ll work out when you take him out of that environment and put him on your inferior team.

    Larry Brown? Az Hakim? Trung Canidate?

  26. elgramo84 says: Aug 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    More likely brad didn’t want to be mistaken for a cheese burger and hit the road

  27. elgramo84 says: Aug 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    More likely brad didn’t want to be mistaken for a cheese burger and hit the road before Rex got hungry

  28. EJ says: Aug 8, 2011 1:16 PM

    weightshakes says: A receiver who had only 44 yards receiving? He gained less than 20 yards rushing per game? One touchdown all year? I’m not sure the Jets were waiting around for him. I think they’ll have no problem replacing his production.

    And the Bills gave him $16 million?

    Thats because Rex Ryan is just like his father, he doesn’t know how to use his Offensive weapons. (ex. Greene, Tomlinson, Sanchez, Smith) The Ryan family is all about Defense.

    Chan Gailey on the other hand is an Offensive Mastermind. He has gotten a lot out of a little. (ex. Thigpen, Stewart, Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson)

    Go Bills!!!!

  29. monropoobah says: Aug 9, 2011 4:35 AM

    benh999 says:
    Aug 8, 2011 8:59 AM
    Kordell was the biggest weapon in the bushes behind highway rest areas.

    thanks that was great

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