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Smith deserved chance to stay with Jets

Gang Green's former all-purpose star was a FA casuality who should still be in N.Y.

Updated: November 2, 2011, 2:14 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Brad Smith and the New York Jets were perfect together.

For five years, Smith was a coach's dream, doing a little of everything, saying little. He wasn't the most talented player on the team, but he was a team player with unusual talents. He deserved the chance to grow old with the Jets.

Smith wanted that in the worst way, but he was displaced by the perfect storm -- the lockout-shortened free-agency period, the new kickoff rule and the Jets' obsession with Nnamdi Asomugha. They never ...

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