The Jets extended quarterback Matt Simms’ contract through 2014 and will pay him $495,000, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Simms worked his way from fourth on the depth chart last winter up to No. 2 when last season began. He was scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent in March, which means he was going nowhere anyway.
Simms, the son of Giants legendary quarterback Phil Simms, appeared in three games last season in relief of Geno Smith. He completed 16 of the 31 passes he attempted for 156 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
General manager John Idzik would not commit to Smith being the team’s starter in 2014, saying the Jets would consider other options at quarterback. Mark Sanchez, who missed the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury, remains under contract, but could be released in the coming months.