First Free Agent Loss…
Yes, the New York Jets re-signed wide out Santonio Holmes for five years, but today the team suffered their first free agent loss of the preseason. The all-purpose player Brad Smith agreed to a four-year $15 million contract Thursday with the division rival Buffalo Bills, according to a league source.
The 6′2″, 212lb wide receiver from Missouri has been in the league for six years and has not disappointed. His time with the Jets Smith completed every task in which he was assigned, plus more. Smith should be a good fit for the Bills. With his hard work attitude and reliability on the field, plus his big play moments, the Bills should get more than they paid for.
With all eyes on Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the Jets never bothered to make Smith an offer. With Asomugha in sight, this could have indirectly led the team to not make a serious bid for Smith. This is all due to the salary-cap considerations, and with the huge offer they are putting on the table for Asomugha, the Jets felt like it was time to part ways.
Smith seems upbeat about his new team, saying, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Bills and play for Coach Gailey.”
Smith will most likely play a big role in the Bills offense. With explosive plays like last Thanksgiving in the Jets victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, when Smith complied 200 all-purpose yards, including a 53 -yard run and a 89-yard kick return, Smith could jump start the Bills offense. Whether it be at wide receiver or kick returner, Smith shines like a star and is a great asset to a young football team.
Mike Westhoff, the special teams coordinator for the Jets said of Smith late last season, “The day he goes, I go.” The Jets may be losing another special teams contributor, but no decisions have been made.