NY Jets Rumors: Rex Ryan Gets Multi-Year Extension With Geno Smith QB Of The Future? New York Could Draft Derek Carr or Aaron Murray In 2014 Mock Picks

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Jan 16, 2014 03:19 PM EST
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (L) is chased by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dekoda Watson (R) in the fourth quarter during their season opening NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 8."

The New York Jets overachieved in 2013 and that result got Rex Ryan a multi-year contract extension and the news on his deal comes after the team announced after the season that Ryan would remain as head coach and now heading into the offseason and the draft the team has decisions to make regarding the future of Geno Smith as well as the question of whether to draft a quarterback like Aaron Murray or Derek Carr in April.

The Jets and Ryan came to a contract extension to avoid Ryan being a lame duck coach and it fits into what Woody Johnson wanted for this offseason, as he did not want to fire Ryan unless he had to and after the team went 8-8 with a limited roster, he felt Ryan deserved to stay. The team now has to decide if what they saw from Geno Smith this season was enough to invest in him for the future and it's not out of the realm of possibility that the team could draft another first round quarterback, but it's likely they will go for some sort of offensive option after picking two defensive players in Sheldon Richardson and Dee Milliner last year.

The Jets struggled passing the ball last season and while many feel it would be a mistake to take another quarterback high after picking Smith last year, the way the contract system is for the draft now allows that to be more of a possibility and since Smith was a second round pick, it makes the financials a bit easier to handle. The Jets likely will not do that, but there are options in the later rounds with names like Aaron Murray and Derek Carr and that will be something for John Idzik and Ryan to figure out.

The Jets went 8-8 last season and had some very nice performances against the Saints and the Dolphins and the team played much better than the experts predicted. The team got solid play from Sheldon Richardson and Chris Ivory and other players, but they need more offensive weapons for Smith.

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