The New York Jets have officially released quarterback Matt Simms. As per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the Jets released Simms after being the backup for Geno Smith the past two seasons. He asked for his release after realizing his days were numbered due to all the moves the Jets made this offseason in order to improve their depth at quarterback.
After acquiring veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, signing Jake Heaps during organized team activities and drafting Bryce Petty in the 4th Round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Simms soon realized that his tenure with the team would eventually come to an end.
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For the past few years, Simms hasn’t shown any progression or ability to dethrone guys like Smith or even Mark Sanchez back when opportunities came knocking. Frustrations surely built for Simms and his position with the Jets as perhaps a new team and offensive system will put him in a position to be able to finally be a starter in his young career.
With his tenure on the Jets, Simms contributed 195 yards on 39 passes for one touchdown and one interception. Perhaps Simms will find a new team that is willing to give him an opportunity to prove his worth. Interestingly enough, in that same article written by Cimini, he mentioned that Simms could find himself sticking around in the AFC East.
Could a reunion with former head coach Rex Ryan be in his future? It could certainly happen since he’s familiar with him and quarterbacks coach David Lee so it would be an easy transition. Considering the problems that are also at quarterback with the Bills, Ryan might decide to bring him aboard for insurance reasons.
Overall, Simms is now a free agent trying to find the right team to hopefully lead to victory one day. It won’t be with the Jets though as they’ve decided to cut him loose after not developing for what they feel they need to succeed at quarterback.