New York Jets might like a Geno Smith reunion
I know there are probably some bad feelings from Geno Smith toward the team that drafted him, the New York Jets. But an easy way for a team to overcome bad blood is to pay a player a lot of money. And if the 2022 Jets had the 2022 version of Geno Smith playing for them this year, the Jets would not only have likely made the playoffs, they would be a very dangerous team. New York is stacked on defense with some young talent on offense but zero talent at quarterback.
New York is currently tight against the cap for next season but they also have some players they could release or re-work and create extra cap room. If New York releases Carl Lawson, for instance, the Jets could save $15 million. Lawson was good overall but only had 2 sacks combined in the last 7 games and a good quarterback should outweigh the need to pay a decent defensive end when a team has other edge rushers to take up the slack.
Plus, New York has young players as key spots. Breece Hall should return at a running back after being injured after a promising start to his rookie season. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson is another good rookie who will be better with a quarterback like Smith.
If Smith were to go to New York and be a Jet again, they would likely be the team expected to finish second behind the Bills in the AFC East. That should be good enough to make the playoffs. And once in the playoffs, the Jets’ defense is good enough to win close games, especially with a quarterback as good as Smith.