Don’t Overlook Geno Smith as the New York Jets’ Starting QB in 2016

July 22, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Up until July, three long-term NFL contract issues have been constant narratives in the slow, quiet offseason churn. Since before the draft cycle even kicked off, we heard about the franchise tags of Von Miller and Muhammad Wilkerson, plus the ongoing free agency of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Miller, an edge defender, signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Wilkerson, a defensive lineman, signed a five-year, $86 million contract with the New York Jets. What this all means is Fitzpatrick's apparent divorce with the Jets is the biggest contract dispute in the league, and as of now, Geno Smith looks to be the team's starting quarterback heading into training camp.
The dichotomy of this quarterback soap opera is odd. In 2015, after signing a two-year, $7.25 million contract with the Houston Texans the offseason before, Fitzpatrick was traded to the Jets for what wound up being the 195th overall selection in the 2016 draft, a sixth-round pick.

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