NEW YORK (AP) The Jets and Rams swapped struggling right tackles Monday night as New York acquired Jason Smith from St. Louis for Wayne Hunter.
Both the Jets and Kenny Zuckerman, Hunter's agent, confirmed the deal, adding that it was pending physicals on Tuesday.
Smith was the No. 2 overall pick by the Rams (No. 28 in the AP Pro32) in the 2009 draft, but failed to live up to lofty expectations and lost his starting job. Free agent Barry Richardson has started at right tackle all preseason ahead of Smith, who has been plagued by concussion problems and ineffectiveness throughout his career.
Hunter was demoted to the jumbo tight end spot and replaced by Austin Howard last week after struggling in the first two games of the preseason while coming off a rough first year as the Jets' starter at right tackle. But the Jets (No. 17) made it clear he was still in their plans for this season when they didn't cut him before the start of free agency - allowing his contract to become guarante...