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Could Jets end up settling for a return of Geno Smith at quarterback?

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Last year, the Jets spent months in quarterback limbo before finally agreeing to terms to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. This year, Fitzpatrick is a free agent, the Jets are again in quarterback limbo, and it’s possible that another one of their old quarterbacks will be the one who ends up coming home: Geno Smith.

Smith becomes a free agent tomorrow and is coming off a torn ACL, but the New York Post raises the possibility that the Jets may end up deciding that Smith is their best option, going into the season with Smith as their starter, Bryce Petty as their backup and Christian Hackenberg as No. 3.

That might not sound exciting to Jets fans, but the quarterback market will dry up in a hurry. Two came off the board today when Brian Hoyer agreed to terms with the 49ers and Tyrod Taylor agreed to terms with the Bills, and the other dominos may fall in a hurry. If the Jets aren’t going to make a splash with Tony Romo, there aren’t a lot of better options than Smith remaining.

Smith would come cheap, and the Jets would know what they’d be getting. Four years after selecting Smith in the second round of the NFL draft, the Jets may sign him to a second contract.

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48 Responses to “Could Jets end up settling for a return of Geno Smith at quarterback?”
  1. poguemahonepft says: Mar 8, 2017 5:51 PM

    I hope so…

  2. carrcoreyr87 says: Mar 8, 2017 5:51 PM

    Poor Jets fans…

  3. sigp320 says: Mar 8, 2017 5:54 PM

    He holds a clipboard really well

  4. pau49ers says: Mar 8, 2017 5:54 PM

    Sounds about right. I’m a Niners fan and we had it rough for 3 years, but people want to play for the Niners again. Unfortunately, the Jets have to find a way to attract talent.

  5. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 8, 2017 5:57 PM

    how about no qb and lets everyone on offense get a turn. that should keep DC’s on their toes

  6. DaBearsBus says: Mar 8, 2017 5:58 PM

    They’ll sign Cutler when the Bears stop pretending that someone is dumb enough to trade for him. Not saying that would or should excite Jet’s fans, but it’s an option.

  7. mikejune says: Mar 8, 2017 5:58 PM

    I have been advocating for this move since last season for a few reasons 1) The Jets do not need to sign another old, washed up, .500 caliber QB. 2) Geno knows the O, and hasn’t really been given an opportunity since the jaw incident, although he has flashed some potential in his limited time 3) he will come cheap 4) If he gets hurt, or just plain sucks, then the Jets can see what they have in Petty or Hack before wading into the 2018 draft, which will have a few more QB’s than the ’17 class.

    It’s not the greatest move, but its a smart one.

  8. stipez says: Mar 8, 2017 5:59 PM

    Facetious much?

  9. JackedUpSports says: Mar 8, 2017 5:59 PM

    In the words of Michael Scott:

    “No god please no, no, NOOOOOO!!!!!”

  10. 6ball says: Mar 8, 2017 6:00 PM

    Suck for the 2018 draft

  11. petedutcherjr says: Mar 8, 2017 6:02 PM

    I was born in New York State, but live in Tampa (Bucs fan). But…if I were a NY football fan, it would be of the Giants.

    The Jets NEVER do things right.

  12. canadianbillsfan says: Mar 8, 2017 6:04 PM

    As a Bills fan, yes please.

  13. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 8, 2017 6:06 PM

    Excluding the draft, I realize there aren’t a whole lot of QB options out there right now. But wouldn’t a return to Geno Smith look a lot like the Jets just giving up?

  14. rondayne says: Mar 8, 2017 6:07 PM

    The Jets have got to be the favorite for the #1 pick next year right?

  15. barsfordays says: Mar 8, 2017 6:08 PM

    More like, would Geno Smith settle for a return to the Jets?

  16. swampmule says: Mar 8, 2017 6:09 PM

    honestly, I would encourage bringing him back. Let him and Hackenberg battle it out. When/if they both bomb, maybe the Jets will be lucky enough to be in a position to draft one of the big guns in 2018.

  17. officialgame says: Mar 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    That sucks.

  18. waynefontesismyfather says: Mar 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    Just reading the title of the article my initial reaction was to blurt out “God No!” at the office.

    Once I explained my verbal gesticulation my co-workers agrees with my original outburst.

  19. deneb1973 says: Mar 8, 2017 6:37 PM

    And they say the Washington front office is in disarray; the Cleveland “Money Ball” crew has demonstrated their ineptness; the 49es are run by a juvenile incompetent! The Jets are the worst – having thrown away some of their best players and become a dumpster fire – it only makes sense that they give their third year coach a QB that has alienated fans and teammates alike – guaranteeing the bottom of the division next year. Yeah – sounds like a good business plan – tear the team apart and expect the fans to support the JV team that is fielded.

  20. cwdonald314 says: Mar 8, 2017 6:39 PM

    I would rather have Jay Cutler…

  21. dickshotdogs says: Mar 8, 2017 6:41 PM

    I’m all for it.

    Patriots fan

  22. manderson4150 says: Mar 8, 2017 6:48 PM

    OH MY GOD…

  23. officialgame says: Mar 8, 2017 7:00 PM

    It could be worse, I heard Ryan Leaf was coming out of retirement.

  24. goldrush36 says: Mar 8, 2017 7:00 PM

    And nobody wants Kap LOL

  25. intrafinesse says: Mar 8, 2017 7:30 PM

    >>>barsfordays says:
    Mar 8, 2017 6:08 PM
    More like, would Geno Smith settle for a return to the Jets?


    Where else will he go?
    What team would want him?
    As a backup at $850K, maybe?

    He’s useless.

  26. nyjad says: Mar 8, 2017 7:38 PM

    Maybe jets are looking to get relegated to the CFL??

  27. tbisgod says: Mar 8, 2017 7:50 PM

    If you’re just going to rent a lower tier QB for a year , you’re better off keeping him. Has over 30 NFL starts, familiar with the personnel. Enables you to spend allot more money on other positions when you’re QB comes cheap. Baltimore fans know what I’m talking about.

  28. nhpats says: Mar 8, 2017 7:54 PM

    The Jets and the Bills will both be lucky to win 4 games each this coming season…..

  29. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 8, 2017 8:04 PM

    nhpats says:
    The Jets and the Bills will both be lucky to win 4 games each this coming season….
    Well, if they pool their resources that’s 8 wins. Teams have reached the playoffs with less. Then again, that would also mean 24 losses. Never mind.

  30. mrkbuilders says: Mar 8, 2017 8:44 PM


    Every team in the league should get a shot at JG for two 1st rd picks….except the Jets. I’d charge them their next 5 1sts. That way they really have to suck on that…

  31. backuppunter says: Mar 8, 2017 8:49 PM

    J E T S jets jets jets

  32. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 8, 2017 8:50 PM

    Why not ? With the talent flush the Jets have already done, it’s clear they are going for a top draft pick in 2018. Geno can certainly help in that regard.

  33. mortyglickstein says: Mar 8, 2017 8:56 PM

    No one talking about Kap? Interesting

  34. ricko1112 says: Mar 8, 2017 8:58 PM

    This is why some teams just stay bad all for years and years.

    I praised this GM for cutting dead weight and making smart decisions. Now, it looks like new boss is the same as the old boss.

    Same old Jets…

  35. Joseph says: Mar 8, 2017 9:06 PM

    I guess I’m the odd man out on this thread, and most everywhere else too. I believe Geno Smith is a good QB. Maybe not great, but good. He came into a craphole situation out of college so his development suffered. And then he had the injuries, one avoidable. Now comes the question regarding development at this point. Is he done? Or can he continue to grow? I for one, believe there’s a decent QB buried beneath all that history.

  36. ganggreen11 says: Mar 8, 2017 9:34 PM

    With the first pick in the 2018 nfl draft
    The new York Jets select….

  37. midnightcochise says: Mar 8, 2017 9:40 PM

    For all the Fitz drama, with nothing positive to show for it, the Jets should have given Smith more seasoning last year, hoping it would pay dividends next year.

  38. walker1191 says: Mar 8, 2017 9:42 PM

    As much as having Geno as the starting QB would be a disappointment to Jets fans, I think they’d prefer him to Jay Cutler.

  39. julyeast says: Mar 8, 2017 10:00 PM

    do not care who plays QB as long as they do not sign some retread and blow $ in free agency. They are not winning super bowl in 2017. This draft has to be good – if it is not it is a moot point. If it is, they need to start stockpiling $ to sign guys like Leonard Lee Enunwa Jenkins and this years rookies long term.

    Trade Sheldon even for a 3rd rounder or a 4th rounder this year and 5th rounder next year.

  40. julyeast says: Mar 8, 2017 10:02 PM

    when the Vegas under over comes out a 4.5 wins I am pouncing on the over…..they dumped a lot of guys who underperformed. schedule is not as hard and the young raw guys will hustle their ass off. 2017 will be like 2013. Just need 2 good drafts in a row. have not recovered from trading up for Kellen Clemens and then not playing him

  41. jonsilver1947 says: Mar 8, 2017 10:39 PM

    What move would you have him make instead, rick01112? Taylor and Hoyer both chose to go elsewhere; that’s not his fault…I think signing Romo, Cutler or Kap would be worse moves for them…a trade with the Pats isn’t gonna happen…Glennon wants too much money…the college QB class is underwhelming…what else can he do?

  42. ace24xx says: Mar 8, 2017 11:03 PM

    Has it really come to this? Be-no Smith is their best option? Marc Sanchez is available. Lmao.. Actually it’s so sad!. Not funny at all for us Jets fans.

  43. donbat67 says: Mar 9, 2017 12:32 AM

    Everyone in Miami has their fingers crossed .

  44. south1park1cows says: Mar 9, 2017 12:41 AM

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING……….. I would rather give Johnny Manziel a shot, or better yet give Vinny Testaverde a call…..he is always good for getting up off the couch and winning threee or four games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. sparxx2157 says: Mar 9, 2017 6:05 AM

    Its all good because yeah were down right now we suck..we got no qb..but this is were we see who the real jets fans are who stick by us when were down…because i can remember when the colts and pats sucked for years and years..and nobody was claiming to be pats fans now everywhere you go someone is wearing a pats hat..fake ass fans..but yes my jets are down but know this dont feel sorry for us..because we wont be down for pats fans and bills fans and phins fans gets your jokes off now why u can because we will bounce back..always..

  46. sparxx2157 says: Mar 9, 2017 6:13 AM

    Also i shouldnt see any bills fans or phins fans cracking on the jets because your teams are just as bad if not worse because you both have qbs and star wideouts and still cant think about how bad you guys suck before you start cracking on the jets..atleast we have an excuse..bills and phins have none they both have qb and wrs and star rbs but still cant make the playoffs and are getting knocked out first round (phins) ..whens the last time eather of you been to a AFC CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!! I REST MY CASE..

  47. contender21open says: Mar 9, 2017 8:37 AM

    Please say it’s so.
    G-E-N-O! Geno Geno Geno!!!

    Go Phins!

  48. wahoo21 says: Mar 9, 2017 6:29 PM

    As a long suffering JETS fan….No

    Geno Smith SUCKS

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