Thursday was a hectic day of player movement in the National Football League. Just one day after re-signing their prized free agent, Santonio Holmes, to a five-year deal, the Jets said goodbye to one of their other URFA wideouts – Brad Smith. The versatile WR and return man will stay in the AFC East after reaching an agreement on a four-year $15 million dollar deal with the Buffalo Bills
On Thursday afternoon, Brad Smith joined The Michael Kay Show for a chat about his time in New York, whether the Jets showed much interest in trying to re-sign him, why it’s bitter-sweet for him to leave New York, and his excitement to be so wanted by the Bills. Here’s a few quotes from the spot.
If it’s in any way tough for him to say goodbye to the Jets, the organization that drafted him in the fourth round of the ’06 Draft:
“Oh man, it is. It’s extremely bitter-sweet. I’m extremely excited about joining the Bills and their organization and their fans and Coach Gailey is a very stand-up guy and the Bills gave me a great opportunity, but at the same time the Jets have been so great to me. The fans, I just enjoy being here. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but we’ll get to see each other two times a year.”
Did they show any interest in trying to re-sign him?
“Yeah, they definitely showed interest, but when it came down to actually making a hard offer, it was very difficult with the situation they’re in, all being contingent on other guys, if they could get other guys. So it was a very tough situation for them and for us, but I wish them the best.”
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