NY Jets considering Geno Smith as a quarterback option in 2023

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The NY Jets' pursuit of Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr has been well-documented at this point. The team's interest in Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Tannehill as fallback plans is also understood.

But those four aren't the only options the Jets are considering. In fact, they're even exploring the possibility of a reunion with former second-round pick Geno Smith.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported on Monday that the Jets are "exploring everything" in the quarterback market which, yes, includes "the idea of bringing Geno Smith back."

Smith was the surprise of the NFL world in 2022 as he broke out at age 32, putting together a Pro Bowl-caliber season. The former Jets second-round pick finished with 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions, completing an NFL-best 69.8 percent of his passes and throwing for nearly 4,300 yards.

Smith was legitimately one of the better quarterbacks in football this past season, so it's no surprise to hear the Jets are interested given his soon-to-expire contract. Unfortunately, it's hard to believe they will have an opportunity to add him.

Don't expect the NY Jets to sign/trade for Geno Smith

The Jets would love to add a quarterback like Smith this offseason, given the season he put together in 2022. There's a sense of risk given that he only has one season like that under his belt, but it's one the Jets would likely be willing to take.

That said, the Seattle Seahawks are in no hurry to let Smith walk. The Seahawks are expected to either come to terms on an extension or simply place the franchise tag on their starting quarterback.

There's essentially a zero percent chance that he's made available this offseason. Breer might suggest the Jets are considering a reunion, and perhaps they are, but it's unlikely that plan ever extends beyond consideration.

The same is true for New York Giants' quarterback Daniel Jones, who Breer also mentions. While Jones' reported exuberant asking price could cause some hesitation, the Giants can always resort to the franchise tag as well.

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Neither Smith nor Jones will be on the move this offseason. The Jets are leaving no stone left unturned, but some of those stones aren't going anywhere.