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Ex-Jets QB Smith visits with Giants

Free agent Geno Smith could be a candidate to back up the Giants’ Eli Manning.

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Free agent Geno Smith could be a candidate to back up the Giants’ Eli Manning.

The Giants' search for Eli Manning's backup quarterback could lead them to someone already familiar with playing in MetLife Stadium.

Former Jets quarterback and free agent Geno Smith visited with the Giants on Saturday, according to reports. It's believed Smith, 26, has interest from other teams, including the Jets. He prefers to compete for a starting job, but the opportunity to learn from Manning and rebuild his reputation within the Giants' West Coast offense could be appealing.

Free agent offensive lineman and former Chargers first-round pick D.J. Fluker also visited the Giants.

Smith, 26, started one game for the Jets in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016 and tore the ACL in his right knee in that game. Smith has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Inaccuracy has led to turnovers and questions about his decision making.

With the Giants, the issue is not whether Smith can emerge as an option to one day become Manning's successor. If he can prove to be a more versatile backup than Ryan Nassib and former Buc Josh Johnson — both of whom are free agents — the Giants could see Smith as an attractive addition at the right price.

BILLS: Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who had a team-high 121/2 sacks last season, agreed to re-sign for two years and $9 million. Alexander, 33, was supposed to play a backup and special teams role in signing a one-year $885,000 deal with the Bills last spring, but won a starting job and had a career season.

BRONCOS: Free agent defensive tackles Domata Peko of the Bengals and Zach Kerr of the Colts agreed to terms. Peko, whose deal is worth $7.5 million, started all 16 games in nine of his 11 seasons with Cincinnati. He's joining his cousin, nose tackle Kyle Peko, in Denver. Kerr played in 36 games in three seasons with Indianapolis, starting four times in both 2015 and 2016.

CHIEFS: Safety Daniel Sorensen agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract that keeps the restricted free agent off the market, according to reports. The deal includes $8 million guaranteed and more than $2 million in incentives.

LIONS: Former Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence signed; terms were not announced.

RAIDERS: Oakland added its first free agent of the league year, reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal with former Giants offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse.

INJURY NEWS: Cornerback Sidney Jones, a consensus first-round NFL pick next month, suffered an apparent left leg injury during the final drill of the University of Washington's Pro Day workout. Jones collapsed during a backpedaling drill and grabbed his left leg. He was helped to his feet, then to the sideline and carted out.

Ex-Jets QB Smith visits with Giants 03/11/17 [Last modified: Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:34pm]
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