Jets Sign Matt Simms to Free-Agent Deal After Mini-Camp Tryout

Matt Simms, the younger son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, was signed by the New York Jets following a tryout.

Simms, who was an undrafted free-agent after playing for the University of Tennessee last season, signed with the Jets yesterday, a day after completing a team rookie minicamp, Bruce Speight, a spokesman for the Jets, said in an e-mail.

The 23-year-old Simms played in 18 games at quarterback for the Volunteers the past two seasons, including 10 starts, completing 140 of 257 passes for 1,779 yards and eight touchdowns, with eight interceptions.

“The thing that you’re impressed with immediately is how he can throw the football,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said at a May 5 news conference. “The kid has the arm talent, and he obviously has the pedigree.”

Phil Simms played for the Giants from 1979 to 1993, leading the team to a Super Bowl win during the 1986 season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1985 and 1993.

Chris Simms, Matt’s older brother, was a National Football League quarterback from 2003 to 2010. He played five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had stints with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.

Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow probably will be the Jets’ top two quarterbacks next season. Quarterbacks Greg McElroy and G.J. Kinne also are on the team’s roster.

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