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Geno Smith to join Giants as backup QB option, source says
- Updated: March 18, 2017
Geno Smith to join Giants, report says
Quarterback Geno Smith has agreed to terms with the New York Giants, The Associated Press reported Friday. The deal is pending Smith passing a physical examination, which could take place this weekend.
Smith’s signing was first reported by ESPN. He visited with the Giants late last week. He hasn’t visited with any other teams. The terms and conditions of the contract aren’t yet known.
Smith’s time with the Jets is known more for controversy than on-field accomplishments. Since being drafted in the second round in 2012, he has been thrown off a plane after giving a flight attendant lip, skipped a team meeting because he forgot about time zone changes, had photos of his genitals leaked on the internet, cursed off a fan, and was punched in the face by a teammate.
Again, that’s off the field. On it, things haven’t been much better. In his 33 games played, Smith has turned the ball over 43 times. He has a career completion percentage of 57.9 and has thrown for just 5,962 yards with 28 touchdowns.
In recent interviews, Smith made it known his preference is to go to a team where he can compete to be the starter. Obviously, that won’t happen with the Giants– C.C. Manning. Smith did tell NFL Network last month he’s open to being a backup.
“I’m open to it,” Smith told NFL Network. “That’s not my goal … I was brought into this league, I was brought to the Jets, to be a certain caliber of player and being injured for two years has kind of taken that away from me. My mistakes were show on the field my first two years, then me getting better has kind of been behind the scenes.
It’s unlikely the Giants see Smith on the field until August. Last year, he tore his ACL. In the same NFL Network interview, Smith indicated he couldn’t participate in football activity until training camp.
“I’m about five months in heading into month six,” Smith said. “I should be on schedule to be a full-go during [training] camp when that comes around. And I’m good with that. Maybe not do as much in organized team activities as far as on-field stuff, but we’ll see how it goes.”