So here we are, a year after the team hired a coordinator who would work well with Smith’s skill set but Smith couldn’t play because he was cold-cocked by a sixth-round pick named IK Enemkpali for a $600 debt. Smith worked all offseason as the presumptive starter while coach Todd Bowles essentially reserved a spot for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith rolls into training camp second on a four-man depth chart that includes Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg — a pair of young draft prospects.
To say Smith is pissed is probably the understatement of the century, but he’s handling it well. He deserves a chance to see what life is like somewhere else and no one should be surprised that he feels this way.
Now, we wait to see just how long of an audition this really is. Clearly, the Jets hope to have a long-term solution at quarterback next year. Smith presumably will drift into free agency. Until then, are the Jets really willing to carry four quarterbacks? Or will Smith’s crisis management skills earn him a ticket out of town before the season starts?
“I’m not disappointed. I’m kind of pissed off, but it’s not a detrimental thing,” he said. “It’s not something where I’m pissed off at anyone, because we all want to be in there. … This just adds fuel to the fire, but not in a negative way.”
Darren Sproles isn’t going anywhere.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday they agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep the running back in town through 2017.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the added year is worth $4.5 million, per a source. The sides have been working on an extension since Sproles reported to minicamp in June. The back was set to make $3.5 million this season, but Philly moved some money into 2017 with the extension, per Rapoport.
“When you talk about leadership, work ethic, character, and then production — he’s made the last two Pro Bowls — he just exemplifies everything that we want to be and as we look at it,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations, to reporters Friday. “He’s so important to this team on and off the field, it’s a no brainer from our perspective.”
The move to add a year for the shifty back and explosive return man comes on the heels of the Eagles fielding trade calls for the running back during the NFL draft, Rapoport reported in May. At the time, Sproles wasn’t frustrated or peeved by the trade news. His willingness to sign an extension shows he understands the business.