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