Originally Posted by sec.101row23
Why not just cut Smith and use the 2 million elsewhere? Jets have 5 safeties that could potentially be on the roster right now.
Because those safeties are:
Landry - potential beast but injury concerns mean you need a legitimate backup
Bell - looks good but an older player, so injuries/wear and tear have to be a concern
Smith - injured, not particularly great but a decent third safety
Bush - rookie late round pick, looks decent in coverage
Allen - rookie late round pick who has flashed but is still mostly lost in coverage
Cut smith and go with just Landry, Bell, Bush and Allen, and you are backing up two injury risks with rookies who have significant holes in their games and would benefit from more development time before being asked to play major roles in the defense.