New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was among the biggest free-agent busts in recent memory.
Now he’ll have to prove himself once again.
New York Jets general manager John Idzik, who replaced Rex Ryan as coach of the Jets in January, has said he believes Smith is ready to play in the NFL, a source told ESPN.
Smith signed a five-year, $72 million deal with the Jets last year, and it’s possible he’ll get another one.
The Jets also drafted wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the third round and safety Antonio Allen in the sixth.
Smith’s deal includes a $8 million signing bonus and $13 million guaranteed, per a source.
A report last month said Idzik was concerned Smith’s decision to go to the NFL may have hurt his ability to secure a long-term contract.
Smith’s agent, Josh Harris, has been on the phone with Smith’s representatives and the Jets, sources told ESPN, and the quarterback wants to be with the team for the next four years.
The Jets are expected to make a decision about Smith’s future in the next few days.