According to multiple sources, including our own Lisa Zimmerman who’s been tracking this all day, the Jets WR/KR Brad Smith has agreed to terms with the Bills for a four-year contract worth $15 million via Adam Schefter.
This was Smith’s best chance at a payday, and you can’t blame him for taking it. Up until now he’s been making standard, middle-round money on a first contract—with the exception of last year’s tender. But this foray into free agency was Smith’s first, and likely only, shot at a big deal. He had to do what was best for him.
While I will miss Smith’s uncanny ability to run in space, which worked so well in the Wildcat and on kick returns, the Jets needed to consolidate the spot to someone who could better contribute to the passing game as a 3rd / 4th receiver, a place where Smith never really clicked. Add in that, Mark Sanchez is in his third year and the need for Wildcat-ting to cover for him might be something the Jets don’t project as necessary in the coming years.
Jeremy Kerley will now take on some of those roles that Smith will leave behind on the Jets roster. Of course we can’t expect Kerley to come in immediately and replace Smith, the Jets are going to have to figure how this changes some of the nuances of their offense and specials.
We wish Brad Smith the best all season (especially against the Dolphins and Pats) but will be cheering against him come the Jets games.