Giants reportedly agree to pending deal with ex-Jets QB Geno Smith

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Smith will have a physical with the Giants this weekend and, if all goes well, is expected to sign with the team early next week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former New York Jets signal caller Geno Smith plans on signing with the team.

Smith is a free agent after a tumultuous four-year stint with Gang Green, which included the infamous punch to the face by IK Enemkpali in 2015 that cost him the starting job.

First and foremost, Smith has to be healthy and ready to play for that to happen.But, in case Smith is not ready to play, the Giants already have a backup plan in place.

Smith also is coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2016 season, so the medical evaluation could be critical to making the deal final. Smith has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. And he'll get to learn from a two-time Super Bowl MVP.

The Giants also signed QB Josh Johnson today, so they have some choices to make about the pecking order. Smith could be viewed as a developmental project with Manning set to turn 37 this season.

Interest on the National Football League free agent market has been quiet so far on Nassib, but may pick up now with the news Johnson has been re-signed to be the Giants backup to Manning, who has never missed a start. Taking a flier on him is arguably a better decision than overspending in what is a lackluster crop of free-agent quarterbacks. He made 30 starts with the Jets and appearing in 33 games total.

Over the last two years, Smith has dropped back just 62 times, accruing 0.05 Passing Net Expected Points per drop back.

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