His former teammate, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has not been so lucky. On his Twitter page Wednesday, Smith voiced his opinion on Kaepernick's current employment status.
It's hard not to see Smith's point. Over Kaepernick's past three NFL seasons (37 games) he completed 60 percent of his passes for 7,225 yards, 41 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. This, largely with a barren offense and a line that declined each year.
Over a similar sample size in four years, presumed Jets starter Josh McCown completed 60 percent of his passes for 7,244 yards, 42 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Brian Hoyer? 60 percent completion rate, 37 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Mike Glennon? 60 percent completion percentage, 30 touchdowns, 15 interceptions.
That's not to mention some of the backups, like EJ Manuel in Oakand, who are getting second and third chances in the NFL.
Across the NFL, there's probably the broadest spectrum of opinions possible on the former second-round pick, some of which have nothing to do with football. While some of my colleagues disagree, I saw games last year where Kaepernick was just as effective as he was during his 23-game run from 2012 to 2013 that earned him a hefty contract extension in the first place. In others, he was not. Is that enough to earn him a spot on an NFL roster? Smith certainly seems to think so. He is not alone.