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Jets offseason preview: Quarterbacks

With the NFL scouting combine (Feb. 17-23) and free agency (March 10) approaching, we take a position-by-position look at the New York Jets as they head into the offseason:

Position: Quarterback

2014 snaps:

Key stat: Smith finished 28th in passer rating (39.0) when throwing under pressure. He completed 29 of 85 passes for 434 yards, with three touchdowns, five interceptions and 28 sacks.

Pending free agents: Vick (unrestricted)

2015 cap hits (position rank):

  • Smith: $1.37 million (No. 39)

  • Simms: $585,000

Money matters: The first two years of Smith's contract were guaranteed; that's not the case anymore. If he remains the starter, he'll continue to be one of the lowest-paid starting quarterbacks in the league. His total compensation is $861,328, one-third of which will be earned with a workout bonus ($276,328).

Big picture: The new regime has a lot of work to do. Coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan have remained non-committal on Smith, and the reason is because this is headed toward an open competition in training camp. Maybe this year it will be truly open, as opposed to last summer's charade. Look for them to add a veteran quarterback (Vick won't be back), plus another in the draft. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who knows Chan Gailey's system from their time together in Buffalo, could be an option if he's released by the Houston Texans. As far as the draft is concerned, the focus will be on Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, although there's a chance neither will be available with the sixth pick. Beyond them, it's a weak draft.

Free-agent market watch: Brian Hoyer, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Mark Sanchez.