The New York Jets have acqured offensive tackle Jason Smith from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for tackle Wayne Hunter, ESPN.com Jets beat writer Rich Cimini reported on Twitter Monday night.
#Jets have confirmed that they’ve agreed to Hunter-Smith deal. Players take physicals tomorrow.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 28, 2012
The trade is an exchange of two offensive tackles whose respective teams weren’t happy with their performances.
Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, is widely regarded as a bust. Recently, he lost his starting job to fifth-year tackle Barry Richardson. According to the Football Outsiders Almanac (via NFL.com), Smith was near the league lead in so-called “Blown Blocks,” which lead to sacks, intentional grounding or holding calls.
In April, Smith took a pay cut that dropped his 2012 salary from $10 million to nearly $4 million.
Meanwhile, the Jets recently benched Hunter and were growing increasingly fed up with him as their starting right tackle. Third-year tackle Austin Howard performed well in his starting debut Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, not allowing a sack.