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Jets Sign First-Year Quarterback Smith as Rookies Report to Camp

Jets Quarterback Geno Smith
New York Jets Quarterback Geno Smith was a four-year starter at West Virginia University, passing for 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns in his college career. Photographer: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Jets signed first-year quarterback Geno Smith, leaving two members of the National Football League team’s 2013 draft class unsigned.

The Jets announced the signing today as rookies reported to training camp on their Twitter page without providing terms of the contract. The deal is probably for four years and $5 million, the Newark Star-Ledger reported, citing the NFL’s rookie wage scale. New York has signed all its 2013 draft picks except the two first-round selections -- cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

The second quarterback taken in this year’s draft and a preseason favorite of oddsmakers to win the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, Smith is in “open competition” for the team’s starting job, coach Rex Ryan said last week in an interview with ESPN Radio.

Smith, a second-round pick who is represented by rapper Jay Z’s new Roc Nation Sports agency, was a four-year starter at West Virginia University, passing for 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns in his college career.

He will compete during training camp with Mark Sanchez, New York’s starter for the past four seasons. Sanchez, 26, was benched at the end of last season and has committed an NFL-high 52 turnovers the past two years.

Jets quarterbacks and rookies reported today to the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, for their conditioning tests, according to the team website. Training camp for all players begins July 25 in Cortland, New York.

-- Editors: Rob Gloster, Michael Sillup

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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