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Jets sign Geno Smith

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Geno Smith likes his chances of winning the starting quarterback job with the Jets, but you can’t start if you aren’t signed.

That’s no longer a problem for Smith. The Jets announced Monday morning that they have signed the second-round pick to his rookie contract, which means that there will be no delay in getting Smith into camp to resume his competition with Mark Sanchez.

Smith’s contract was negotiated by his representatives at Roc Nation Sports, who he hired after firing his original agents following his drop into the second round of the draft in April. The possible involvement of Jay-Z in Smith’s recruitment by the new agency that the rap icon helped start this year led to a NFLPA investigation, a process that’s proven to be a lot more complicated than the negotiation of Smith’s actual contract with the Jets.

Multiple reports from Jets beat writers have Sanchez as the favorite to start come the first week of the regular season, especially with Smith trying to learn offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s West Coast scheme. There’s been talk from the Jets about using Smith in a package of read-option plays, which might happen but would come despite the fact that Smith’s experience is entirely that of a pocket passer.

The Jets still need to sign first-round picks Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson to complete their entire draft class.

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25 Responses to “Jets sign Geno Smith”
  1. cmdrsmooth says: Jul 22, 2013 10:30 AM

    Awesome. Sanchez is only ahead because his time with Jeff Garcia learning the system when Marty got hired.

    Geno looks like a hard working professional(even in college). So catching up and passing Dirty Dancing Sanchez will be easy pickings.

  2. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    And now they are going to try and find a quarterback.

  3. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 22, 2013 10:37 AM

    G-E-N-O

    Bust!
    Bust!
    Bust!

    Can’t be worse than Sanchez, though.

  4. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    Bad move.

  5. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    Is there a phrase in the English Language that is the direct opposite of “this puts them over the top”? If so, I’d like to use it here.

  6. micknangold says: Jul 22, 2013 10:47 AM

    @ColtsWin: The Jets embarrassed the Colts last year.

  7. nyninerfan says: Jul 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    And immediately set the franchise back at least another three years in the process.

  8. tooz72 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:56 AM

    poor Marky Mark

  9. crj202 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    “10 million, 20 million, 40 million, O I’m so good a MATH!!” – HOV

  10. whatnojets says: Jul 22, 2013 11:00 AM

    Just go away Geno!

    We will call you when we need you!

  11. robnel36 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:04 AM

    I think that Geno Smith has a lot of talent but anyone that fumbles 35 times in one season would worry me.

  12. bigugly2005 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:08 AM

    Who doesn’t love a circus! Let the fun begin!

  13. robnel36 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:08 AM

    Scratch that not season career.

  14. packfntk says: Jul 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    Every team passed on him because the didn’t like him as a person. Sound kind of familiar to anyone???? A cancer is a cancer.

  15. newcomer2013 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:13 AM

    Some teams just don’t get it.

  16. ryanrockzzz says: Jul 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    The best part of this has to be the read option thing….what sterotypes are going on up there in the Jets front office? Geno is NOT a running QB.

  17. makenobones says: Jul 22, 2013 11:27 AM

    Chandler Jones can’t wait to get his hands on this guy again.

  18. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jul 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    And the details? Did Roc Nation save face or did they kick off their first negotiation with a whimper?

  19. ccjcsr says: Jul 22, 2013 12:17 PM

    Best player on a crapy team is the Backup QB~

  20. ryann252013 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:20 PM

    The amount of people criticizing a guy who hasn’t stepped on to the field yet is too damn high.

  21. Spencer says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Now go beat out Sanchez for the job.

  22. chiadam says: Jul 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    I’m assuming all contracts negotiated by Roc Nation are just someone else’s contract with some tiny detail changed and an acknowledgement on the first page of the contract.

  23. hehateme2 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:15 PM

    I almost feel sorry for Geno… almost. Enjoy the cellar jet fans.

  24. jdphx says: Jul 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    I am SO glad my team didn’t draft this guy…

  25. thefox61 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    He signs a contract that was negotiated by an agency that hasn’t been certified yet? Hmmm…

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