After guiding San Francisco to a 13-3 record and a divisional win over the Saints last year, Smith was 6-2 and virtually mistake-free this season. At the time of the injury, he was completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,737 yards and 13 TDs against just five interceptions, and his 104.1 rating was by far the highest of his career.
But as attractive as Smith might look to the Jets, plenty of obstacles — many of them seemingly insurmountable — will be in their way.
The biggest one, of course, is money. The Jets are already well over the 2013 salary cap and will have to cut a host of starters from last season just to have some operating room to sign their draft picks, much less a marquee free agent.
The Jets also figure to have serious competition, considering how many teams need a starting quarterback. The Cardinals, Chiefs, Bills, Titans and Raiders are just a few of the clubs with glaring, gaping holes at that spot.
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