Offensive tackle Jason Smith has fallen short of the expectations he entered the league with when he was taken out of Baylor as the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. His shortcomings mostly stem from injury, as he's been slowed by concussions both as a rookie and last season.
But Jets' general manager Mike Tannenbaum -- who traded Wayne Hunter to St. Louis for Smith -- is hoping a change of scenery will be just what the 26-year-old needs. With the team trying to fill the loss of Jeff Otah, who failed his physical, nullifying a trade with the Carolina Panthers, Tannenbaum calls the acquisition of Smith a "win-win" according to NorthJersey.com:
"When St. Louis approached us," Tannenbaum said, "we felt like hey, maybe this is a win-win [with] two guys getting fresh starts."
"We understand the risk there," Tannenbaum said of Smith's health issues. "Obviously that was a concern, but we felt like it was a reasonable risk to take."