Geno Smith's future with the New York Jets has never been entirely secure, something that came into focus in 2015 when Ryan Fitzpatrick earned the season start and led the franchise to an improved season. Now with the offseason approaching, the Jets are trying to re-sign Fitzpatrick and determine the future of Smith. With endorsements coming in for the quarterback's future, do not expect Smith to go anywhere in 2016.
According to the New York Daily News, Colin Kaepernick is seeking a trade from the San Francisco 49ers to the New York Jets. Reports suggest Kaepernick is unhappy with the 49ers organization and would like to head to New York with the Jets. While the thought might be enticing, a trade deal is unlikely at this time according to ESPN.com. That might come as good news to Brandon Marshall who made it clear he does not want Kaepernick as the next quarterback of the Jets. Instead he is endorsing Smith for the future.
"The kid is really talented," said Marshall, via Newsday.com. "I'm glad that he had the opportunity to really sit back and learn from a pro. If [Smith] can learn from Fitzpatrick, I think he'll be fine. But as of right now, it's Ryan's team."
Marshall is right to say that the Jets are Fitzpatrick's team right now. General manager Mike Maccagnan told the media that he is hopeful a contract extension for the quarterback can be complete soon. Fitzpatrick is in line for a nice pay day and a multi-year deal. It is the safe pick. Bringing Fitzpatrick back gives the Jets an undisputed starter with success under his belt. However, it does very little to secure the long-term future of New York which is where the futures of Smith and Bryce Petty come into question.
No one wants to make a definitive statement regarding the future of Smith. According to NJ.com, the Jets are exploring options including ones in the NFL Draft. Head coach Todd Bowles could get the chance to acquire the quarterback of his choice rather than the ones he was given upon arrival in New York. The Jets have met with players like Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Kevin Hogan at the Senior Bowl. Unless the team plans on trading up for someone like Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch, those are their best options. They are not ready to stat right away, but could be favored over someone like Petty to develop for the future.
Despite reports of trades, ESPN.com believes Smith stays put. Owner Woody Johnson told the media that he believes Smith as the talent level to be a productive quarterback in the league, but he must put in the work to make it happen. If that is not shown this upcoming season, then Smith will be out.