Jason Smith Traded To New York Jets; St. Louis Rams To Receive Wayne Hunter

Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; St Louis Rams tackle Jason Smith (72) in action against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams have traded former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith to the New York Jets for Wayne Hunter.

The St. Louis Rams have traded right tackle Jason Smith to the New York Jets in exchange for RT Wayne Hunter.

Smith, a No. 2 overall pick in 2009, never came close to living up to his potential in St. Louis. He recently lost his starting job to Barry Richardson after three seasons marked by injuries and disappointing performances. Smith agreed to a pay cut in April, lowering his salary from $10 million to $4 million.

Hunter similarly found himself out of favor in New York, falling in the depth chart behind Austin Howard.

This likely makes Richardson's starting job more secure. The deal, which has not yet officially been announced, was first reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

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