Roster News: Jets re-sign Simms and Cunningham

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Update: Brian Costello of the New York Post has confirmed the Simms signing as well as the signing of LB Jermaine Cunningham who also returns on a one-year deal.

As first reported on TJB last week, the Jets have re-signed backup quarterback Matt Simms. Simms reportedly signed a one-year contract with the team per J.P. Pelzman of The Record.

Jets backup quarterback Matt Simms has signed a one-year deal with the team for the 2014 season, according to a source.

The Franklin Lakes native was active for all 16 games in 2013 as the No. 2 signalcaller behind Geno Smith and he appeared in three games, although he didn’t get a chance to start.

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Simms, who was an exclusive-rights free agent, is expected to make the second-year minimum salary of $495,000.

Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com

This was an easy decision for the Jets given the limitations of Simms’ salary and his serviceability in a reserve role.

He will join Geno Smith in the quarterback mix as the Jets try to sort out who will start come September.

Mark Sanchez isn’t expected to see his roster bonus in March and it remains unknown if unrestricted free agent David Garrard will return; he was inactive all season after signing in October.

General manager John Idzik has stated that the team will “‘look at [other] quarterbacks’ from outside the organization.”

Cunningham was used sparingly as a late season signee but figures to be in the mix for a Garrett McIntyre-esque role next season after the Jets lost Ricky Sapp to the Texans.




29 comments
eric88
eric88

Geno played well considering the overall talent. He also played simply awful with the same talent. He was inconsistent at best and downright terrible at worst. He must work on his footwork and cease staring down his receivers. Who knows how he will turnout. If he makes those corrections he will be very good, if not, next.

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

Obviously Idzik made da right decision by resigning Simms

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

The best competition would be Simms vs Geno vs a rookie vs Sanchez .. I guarantee we would finally find out franchise qb

hofstra97
hofstra97

I can't believe people still think Simms can "compete" for the starting role. Geno earned it this year and played remarkably well considering the talent around him.

supert
supert

Watch Mark Sanchez follow Clemens and Schotty to St Louis.

Matt Ryan Hill
Matt Ryan Hill

If Sanchez would agree to an absurd pay cut (like I'm talking 1 yr, $2.5 million contract), would any one other than me be interested? Yes, I recognize this is an absurd thought, but IF he were willing... 

bob
bob

Never thought that I be routing for Wes Welker however come this Sunday I will be routing for Wes Welker,,



Dats right!  How about dat one.

Marvel
Marvel

OT.. sb predictions


I love Wilson but I'm gonna go 49ers vs Pats...  49Ers win the SB


Marvel
Marvel

So nice they had to tell me twice...!!


still think he does no worse than Geno given the same opportunity. but come draft day it will probably become clear that we are all in on Geno. Just give him THE PIECES.. seriously.. draft some scoring threats.


a57se
a57se

Brendans' favorite QB is back with the team. Must be because the Jets want Phil Simms to be nice to us during his broadcasts........

D
D

Good signing.   Let him get another year with Marty.  Im actually excited for a Geno, Simms QB Competition and throw in.......................AJ McCarron?  Taj Boyd?

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@eric88 Sign Boldin and draft Lee you'll see Geno light it up

williamg1
williamg1

@hofstra97 


12 TDs, 21INts, 55% passer rating. 


Remarkably well? He had a worse season than Sanchez ever had. That's saying something. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

Get a QB with over 60 starts to be the backup for 2.5milll....sounds good and not happening.

EDIT: not for the Jets this season...he might be forced to take that from someone else though

McGeorge
McGeorge

@bob All I ask is the Patriots lose.


As for the super bowl - may the best team win, as long as it's not the Pats.

a57se
a57se

@Marvel 

Ha! Figures, I think Denver vs. Seattle though I hate that so many in the media picked that!

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Or they want to develop a cheap backup to either hold onto long term (and thus knows Marty's system), or can be traded for a pick. 

Pat d
Pat d

I am anything but excited over a Smith - Simms competition.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@williamg1@hofstra97Sanchez: 12 TDs, 20 INTs, 53.8 completion %, 2,444 yards, 63.0 rating, 3 rushing TDs, 1 game winning drive


Geno: 12 TDs, 21 INTs, 55.8 completion %, 3,046 yards, 66.5 rating, 6 rushing TDs, 5 game winning drives


Except for throwing 1 extra INT, despite a worse OL, worse receivers and worse running backs (not to mention a worse overall team), Geno out-performed Sanchez in every statistical category.  Geno was a better passer, better runner and did more with less, as those 5 game winning drives attest.


Arguably, only Ken O'Brien, who may have had the most talented offensive team in Jets history around him, clearly fared better than Geno his rookie season.  Even Joe Namath's rookie season was arguably worse than Geno's.  Does this mean that Geno is a franchise QB?  No, it just means that Geno's rookie season was a lot better than he's getting credit for and is, IMO, the second best in the 54 year history of the Jets.

Matt Ryan Hill
Matt Ryan Hill

@BDarc23 Oh you are right. In fact, I think some needy team will absolutely make him their starter next yr. There is just so much bad QB play around the league. Maybe not for game one, but he will be starting for an NFL team at some point next season.

Pat d
Pat d

I can't see Denver beating the Pats. If Denver plays like they did against the Chargers Brady will kill them. The Pats playing at Met Life in the SB. Ugh. They will lose to the Seahawks though.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

Denver and Seattle is my pick as well, then if it happens the nfl can rename it the smoke-a-bowl XXVIII.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

But he is just a bum to you and will never amount to anything......

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99@williamg1

YEAH!! And in games where Geno threw more than 1 TD pass:

Geno was 52 of 85, 61.1%, 7 TD's 2 INT's and a passer rating of 109.6 PLUS he had 2 rushing TD's!!!

He was All-Pro given these conditions!!!!

cosmicwy
cosmicwy

@SackDance99 @williamg1 @hofstra97  do yourselves a favor and compare the geno stats with and without kerley...



With Kerley

COMP | ATT | YARDS | TD | INT | QB RATING | WINS | LOSSES

211 | 353 | 2573 | 12 | 12 | 79.43 | 8 | 4

Without Kerley

COMP | ATT | YARDS | TD | INT | QB RATING | WINS | LOSSES

36 | 90 | 473 | 0 | 9 | 17.73 | 0 | 4