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Brad Smith To Explore Free Agency Options Outside Jets

Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets (credit: Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets (credit: Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Jets special teams weapon, do-it-all receiver and Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith is ready to test free agency.

Smith, who will become an unrestricted free agent once the NFL’s labor dispute is resolved, knows he’s probably behind Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards on the Jets’ to-sign list.

“I love being a Jet because of my teammates. It’s what makes it special for me,” Smith told Pro Football Weekly. “But as a football player in the interest of business, you have to be able to explore and see what may be best for you, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll see if we’ll be back with the Jets. I love being with them, but you never know.”

In a game against the Bengals last November, Smith became the fourth player in NFL history to dash into the endzone on a kickoff return and a running play over 50 yards.

“Players like Brad Smith – selfless, determined, and talented – are what make sports special, yet we hear so little about them,” WFAN’s Jason Keidel wrote after the win. “We’ve become so jaded by the self-imposed prerogative by All-Stars who insist that volume is part of the package that it’s easy to miss Mr. Smith, who only cares about winning while we don’t seem to care much about him. We’re all guilty. Except for (special teams coordinator) Mike Westhoff, of course.”

Smith attended Mark Sanchez’s “Jets West” campand the quarterback’s recent player-run workouts in New Jersey — and admitted “it was a little awkward.”

“Most of the guys are under contract, then you have Holmes, Braylon and I,” he said. “We worked hard, but you just don’t know.”

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