The Los Angeles Chargers reached an agreement with quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year contract Sunday.
Last season with the Giants, Smith made one start in a controversial move when Eli Manning was benched. In a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown but lost two fumbles before the Giants went back to Manning the following week.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is familiar with Smith, who was drafted in the second round in 2013 when Lynn was with the Jets.
In two seasons as the Jets' starter, Smith went just 11-18 while throwing 36 interceptions and 25 touchdown passes before he was benched. Since then, he has started just two games in the past three seasons.
Also noteworthy during Smith's four overall seasons with the Jets was the broken jaw he suffered when teammate IK Enemkpali punched Smith in the locker room.
Rivers has started every game for the Chargers since 2006. Last season, Rivers connected on 62.6 percent of his passes for 4,515 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Smith's signing is one of the bigger moves for the Chargers so far in the offseason. Earlier, they acquired center Mike Pouncey and kicker Caleb Sturgis.