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Jets sign backup QB Matt Simms through 2014
Jets general manager John Idzik made it clear he’ll look at other quarterbacks this offseason. But it turns out Geno Smith will see a familiar face in the QB room.
Backup Matt Simms, who was set to become an exclusive-rights free agent, has been signed through 2014. He’ll make $495,000 – the second-year minimum salary – next season, according to the league records.
Despite the signings of veterans David Garrard and Brady Quinn, the inexperienced Simms was the Jets' No. 2 quarterback behind Smith. Simms, a Franklin Lakes native and son of former Giants QB Phil Simms, never started a game in 2013. But he replaced Smith three times, completing 16 of 31 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“(I’m) proud of him,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said days after Simms replaced Smith at halftime of a 23-3 loss to Miami on Dec. 1. “Talk about confidence, he doesn’t lack for any confidence either. That’s a good thing.”