Geno Smith agrees to four-year deal with Jets

Geno Smith might get some time in the regular season regardless of whether he wins the QB competition. Credit: Getty Images
Geno Smith might get some time in the regular season as a change of pace QB, running the read option.
Credit: Getty Images

The Jets locked up their quarterback of the future Monday, that is, if he can beat out the guy crowned with the same title four years ago.

Second-round pick Geno Smith inked a four-year, $5 million deal with the Jets Monday morning. And while the deal was hardly unexpected, it is the first completed by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

Smith fell in the 2013 NFL Draft after being projected by many analysts as a Top-10 pick and the first quarterback off the board. Instead, he fell to the second round at No. 39 overall and was the second signal caller selected behind E.J. Manuel (No. 16 overall to Buffalo).

He fired his agent the week after the draft, though he said it had nothing to do with his precipitous drop in the draft. He signed with Roc Nation Sports and was represented in the contract signing by agent Kim Miale.

According to sources, the Jets were not looking to draft Smith with either their No. 9 pick or No. 13 pick. But when Smith fell in their lap in the second round they pulled the trigger.

The team used their two first-round picks on Alabama corner Dee Milliner and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Both remain unsigned as training camp opens this week. General manager John Idzik said last month during minicamp the team “would anticipate having everybody there ready for training camp.”

Smith fell due to his unfamiliarity playing under center in a pro-style offense and a reputation he earned for not being a hard worker while at West Virginia. He has denied that claim.

The rookie is expected to be in a battle with incumbent Sanchez for the starting position as the regular season opens. Head coach Rex Ryan called the competition even in last month’s minicamp.

“I think it’ll be clear when that time comes and you usually probably play a game or so and we’ll see what happens when you get into live competition,” Ryan said of determining who will start. “I think it’s probably the best way to judge a guy, anyway.”

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Local

NYS state forces thrift shops comply with ban…

Nine New York City thrift shops were reprimanded by the state attorney general for selling children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck and waist.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 11,…

Caleb's not a ghost. Spencer might still be an attempted murderer. And Hanna's going to die next week. In other words, we actually got some…

Movies

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.

Television

Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.

Television

5 things you need to know about new…

"Doctor Who" returns Saturday with a new star, Peter Capaldi. Here's some things to know about him (mainly his turn as sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker).

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

NFL

David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Parenting

How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.

Tech

How to stay safe online

Stop worrying about keeping your online passwords safe, and start worrying about keeping your username a secret. Actually, worry about both. According to Shaun Murphy…

Tech

OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via…

The restaurant app OpenTable added the ability to pay your bill (and tip) with your phone, thus cutting back on a few dining annoyances.