Eric Smith DB NYJ 10 Months
Jets released S Eric Smith.
Smith was signed for an affordable $2.4 million next season, but may have been cut loose even if the Jets didn't have one of the worst salary-cap situations in football. A month shy of his 30th birthday, Smith was a part-time player in 2012, and didn't play at a high level for the 329 snaps he was on the field for. He'll get a chance to latch on somewhere in camp, but it's not guarantee he'll be a part of someone's Week 1 53-man roster.
Eric Smith DB NYJ Aug 28 '12
Jets S Eric Smith is questionable for Week 1 with hip and knee injuries.
Smith suffered hip and MCL injuries in New York's preseason opener, and has yet to return to practice. It's a big concern for a team that let Jim Leonhard walk in free agency. New York's Week 1 safety tandem is looking like it will be LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell.
Eric Smith DB NYJ Aug 11 '12
Jets S Eric Smith injured his hip in addition to his left knee in Friday's preseason opener, but doesn't believe the injuries are "anything too serious."
Smith says he felt a "sharp pain" in his knee, but X-rays came back negative. The Jets are awaiting MRI results. Smith played through a torn left meniscus for the final five games last season.
Eric Smith DB NYJ Aug 10 '12
Jets S Eric Smith left Friday's preseason opener with a left knee injury.
Playing on the Jets' punt team, Smith's knee twisted in ugly fashion in the second quarter, but he did limp off the field under his own power. Per ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, his knee was "heavily wrapped" on the sideline. We should know more before the end of the weekend.
Eric Smith DB NYJ Jun 21 '12
Jets DC Mike Pettine suggested that S Eric Smith will play primarily as a reserve in 2012.
Following a string of blown coverages, Smith was a media and fan punching bag last season. "You'll love Eric Smith at 300 snaps," Pettine said. "You don't like him at 1,000." Smith is expected to return to special teams while rotating in to give starters LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell a breather.
Eric Smith DB NYJ Jan 02 '12
Jets SS Eric Smith played the last five games with a torn meniscus in his knee and will undergo offseason surgery.
Smith was a media whipping boy for blowing coverages, particularly late in the year. The fact he was playing hurt may explain his struggles. Set to turn 29 in March, Smith's salary leaps from $700,000 to $3 million. Smith had 89 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season, but it's questionable whether he'll return.