Chargers sign QB Geno Smith to 1-year deal

The Chargers have agreed with veteran quarterback Geno Smith on a one-year deal that puts him in the mix to back up Philip Rivers in 2018, the team announced Sunday evening.

A second-round pick (39th overall) by the Jets in 2013, Smith, 27, appeared in 33 games (30 starts) over four seasons with New York, where he completed 501 of 866 passes for 5,962 yards and 28 touchdowns with 36 interceptions.

The Raptors have nothing to play for, and Lowry appears to be wearing down at the worst possible time (9.5 points per game in April on 30.2 percent shooting from the field). Is it possible that Lowry gets right? Of course.

But I think Toronto is more likely to take it easy on him (they are on the second night of a back-to-back) over the final week in an effort to have him rested for what they hope is a long playoff run. The Pistons rank in the top half of the league in defensive efficiency, and while they have nothing to play for, I expect them to perform well in their final home game. Lowry has proved to be more risk than potential reward of late, and with so much star power residing on desperate teams, there is no reason to spend up for a struggling player on a satisfied team.

Thompson, 29, has spent time with the Ravens, Bills and Bears since going undrafted in 2012. He began last season in Chicago before returning to Buffalo for his second stint with the team, finishing the year with 38 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns.

He has 77 catches for 1,032 yards and four touchdowns over his six-year career.

“In a lot of ways, it probably does define my career to fans or people that don’t know me or whatever. And I’m looking forward to getting up to Boston. It’s a special thing to be a part of.

“Getting a taste of that as a player, you realize how special it is, what a big deal it is, kind of what an honor it is to compete in those games.”

As far as how people in Boston have treated him since he joined Bucky Dent as light-hitting infielders to KO the Red Sox, Boone said, “I’ve been treated really well there. I’ve kind of said since they’ve won as much as they have since ’04, I feel like a lot of the ribbing I get up there is a little more good-natured. At least that’s how it appears to me and the organization has treated me very well.

“I’m sure that now I’m back in uniform it won’t be as good-natured and that’s part of it.”