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EA: Gentlemen, Start Your Checkbooks

Posted by Eric Allen on February 27, 2009 – 10:44 am

The shopping season is under way.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder made the first splash in the NFL’s free agency/trading period with a huge contract for the enormous Albert Haynesworth. Can’t say anybody is surprised that Snyder once again opened up his wallet to the reported tune of seven years and $100 million with $41 million guaranteed for the interior lineman.

Haynesworth, one of the game’s finest defensive tackles who racked up 8.5 sacks last season, has never played more than 14 games in a season. And only hours before the Haynesworth acquisition, the ‘Skins retained corner DeAngelo Hall to a six-year deal with $23 million guaranteed.

While the Jets haven’t officially announced the signing of FB Tony Richardson, various media outlets have reported that the Jets have agreed to terms with the 37-year-old veteran. Richardson was a tremendous asset in the Green & White’s ninth-ranked rush attack, helping pave the way for Thomas Jones’ career-high 1,312 yards and first Pro Bowl appearance.

New York’s AFC representative will continue to be active though. NFL Network reporter Adam Schefter wrote this morning that “the Jets are expected to spend $8 million per year on [Bart] Scott.” And the National Football Post has reported that Scott "has just finalized a multi-year contract."

Scott, 28, would fill a need for a hole at Will ‘backer for the Jets as the team decided to let Eric Barton explore free agency. The 6’2”, 240-pounder, who was credited with 82 tackles a season ago, is familiar with Rex Ryan’s defensive system and is five years younger than fellow Ravens free agent LB Ray Lewis.

If the Jets land Scott, they could then turn to the interior line to fill a hole with the release of RG Brandon Moore. Many people also think it’s only a matter of time before the Jets add another Raven in S Jim Leonhard, a favorite of Ryan from their days in B-More.

According to Schefter, the Patriots have been busy. They apparently have signed not only veteran RB Fred Taylor but also former Jets TE Chris Baker. While the Jets have a special receiving threat at the position in Dustin Keller, they might look at beefing up tight end for the run game in either free agency or the draft.

Once we get any official news from GM Mike Tannenbaum, we’ll let you know. And if you’re scoring at home, the NFL cap increased this season to $127 million (from $116 million) and there is also a $107.7 million floor.

The NFL sent out an official free agency release in the wee hours this morning with all the names of this year’s unrestricted free agents. Here is the list of the Jets’ 13 UFAs:

Name, Pos Name, Pos Name, Pos
Eric Barton, LB Jay Feely, K Hank Poteat, DB
Ahmad Carroll, DB Bubba Franks, TE J.R. Reed, DB
Jesse Chatman, RB Ty Law, DB Tony Richardson, RB
Laveranues Coles, WR C.J. Mosley, DE Cody Spencer, LB
  Mike Nugent, K  


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60 Responses to “EA: Gentlemen, Start Your Checkbooks”

  1. By uncle joe on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Once again our owner is GREAT.He and Tannenbaum got who we want.Now we should all right this down so if it don’t work out we can yell at ourselves to0 when we complain about our Owner.I love the move,and I just made a note of it!

  2. By Ira on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    EA, Great day do far and lets get Ivy and Leonhard done too. Question i understand its all about the $ and who the coach is but how much do you feel the new training facility is has a factor this year and last year for FA to sign with the Jets?

  3. By mike on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    so far so good. Landing Bart Scott instantly makes the Jets a top 5 D. Also if we land Cory IVY than we have a legit #2 corner with Revis. Resighned T Rich good, extend Brick, Mangold, and Washington. All we need is a strong safety. Nice work Mr. T.

  4. By karl miranda on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    They still need 2 wide recievers…a back up tight end…and their special teams play were sub-par…i hope tannenbaum has a plan…i love the scott signing but with new England in the division..you gotta score..they still have many holes to fill

  5. By English Jet on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Scott is a great pick up! Having him an Harris as ILB’s means we will once again stuff the run, Both have good speed and great ball instincts.

  6. By Pranit on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    i think Bart Scott is a good move..he and harris can be a tandem..and if Gholston can step up, the LB core will be a force to reckon with (with Pace too)…

  7. By Jbo on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I like the moves too, I just don’t like that Baker went to NE. I liked him, hope he doesn’t get too banged up from our killer D. I’m sure they have a plan for the O line, and glad LC can go whine somewhere else with his greasy hands.
    Just hope one of our own boys is the starting QB. Welcome to New York Bart Scott!

  8. By Jesse on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I knew the Jets wasn’t going to just lay down in free agency. I still think we’re going to move D.Woody to RG and find a RT either in the draft or free agency.

  9. By roger on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    i love the scott move, now we need lenhard from the ravens too, and somewhere along the lines a replacement for Moore and Coles. I think a CB should be a last priority. If Gholston can pan out this will be one frightening defense.

  10. By the heater on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    good move now go get ray

  11. By Anthony on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    ALright Guys lets hit this free agency and hit it hard….Work the positions out we need . Especially the defense we need someone next to Rhodes to help out back there and IVY WILL BE a SICK AQUISTION. Please go for it. Also does anyone have any Idea who the Jets are looking at to replace B Moore?

  12. By Rick Roucoulet on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I know Dustin Keller is a up & rising star but Baker to the Patriots? The Patriots??? I hope that dont come & bite us in the butts anyone of the 2 games this coming season.

  13. By joe b on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    John Clayton on ESPN is reporting that the J*E*T*S have sined Bart Scott to a 5 year deal

  14. By russ on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    A strong defensive line will be the key to our success this year…It is apparent that Jet D depends on Jenkins and he must be rested during the non conference games to be of a force in Nov and Dec when fottbal gets serious…

  15. By Drew on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Bart Scott allows this team to go anywhere in Rd 1 or 2 for the draft. they can go CB or WR….I would trade out of the 1st round if we can get Kemo to play RG and also sign Leohard. There is so much talent at CB and WR this year. I am pretty excited right now. We need depth at OL, DL. As long as the names Sanchez or Pervin arent called I ‘ll be happy come April.

  16. By Frank on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    We need to sign one of our kickers soon. Bad move on Baker…I will be surpirsed if they don’t land another big free agent in the next day or 2 otherwise releasing Coles and Moore without getting anything in return makes no sense.

  17. By Eric Allen on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply


    You’re right. We shouldn’t kid ourselves – money is always important. But I believe this facility sends a message to the players that Mr. Johnson means business, that he’s willing do whatever it takes to help his team win. He is committed and if I’m a player or a fan, I love that in my owner. This place really is tremendous. Chris Mortensen was here yesterday taking a tour and came away most impressed.

  18. By Troy in Houston on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Great move getting Scott , now we need to send our 1st pick to Arizona for A.Boldin then sign him with a long term deal ,find some depth for the right side of the O line ,also another great move by keeping T-Rich in our backfield. Love all the moves so far (as long as the Moore move dont bite us)

  19. By uncle joe on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I think we got our Moore replacement,That guy who replaced Faneca in Pit.Not only are we getting stronger but we are weakening AFC teams!

  20. By Pat D. on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Great move to get Scott & keep Richardson! Brett Ratliff is still the “unknown” factor for the 2009 season!

  21. By Howard on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    like the signing of b scott but wish we would just keep our own players hate seeing bake in a pats helmet and when b moore goes somewhere ellse im going to hate that also i thought both guys were good players. well lets see what else happens

  22. By Ray on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    CB signs with the Pats. He is mad at us and he will fit nicely into their system. We better get busy cause the money is flyin out the door right now! B Scott will be nice but with all these moves we need to nail down two or three guys.

  23. By MIKE on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Hope now that we have Scott and Ivy the Jets will focus on taking care of there own. Like extending Brick, Mangold, and Washington. Love to see Leonhard in Green too. Nice work sighning T-Rich as well. So far in three years only one bad move, trading for Favre and maybe Gholston, we’ll see.

  24. By Ken on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I liked Chris Baker. He was a good blocker and can catch. And I m SURE the PATS will make good use of Chris Baker. And Chris Baker will come to haunt the JETS when the PATS play the JETS! Who will replace MOORE?
    I think one of the OT BACK UPS should get a chance.

  25. By Josh on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    People expected too much out of Gholston last year. Lets not forget that he was a DE for much of his senior year at OSU. Plus his being a rookie having to transfer to OLB, while not a terrible transition, still a substantial one. The man starting for him this year, Bryan Thomas, did a great job, in my opinion, to help out the defense; also Thomas started as a DE then transfered to OLB as well.

  26. By Jakeberk on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Would like to see a big play receiver with us. T.J. Houshmanzadah? Still need a safety, and hopefully Ivy signs to play opposite Revis. Signing Kemo to play guard would be incredible. Come draft day maybe take Donald Brown to replace Thomas Jones in a couple years. Almost the same back but Brown is a quicker, but less patient. That will come with time tho.

  27. By JetsFanInMaine on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Im going to miss L C more than anybody I even named my cat after him. But we all have to admit he got SOUR fast after CP got fired in the Browns locker room, I would be POed to. Lets be TRUE Jets fans and wish him well. Get Bolduin or what ever his last name is, then take off to the BIG GAME like a JET

  28. By Frank on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Andrews to the Eagles and Kemo stays with the Steelers I didn’t want him anyway. That leaves Stinchcomb as the only other good RT they need to sign him.

  29. By Pranit on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    At the end of all this, the question about a QB could still haunt the jets…clemens is ok, ratliff may be ok too (no clue about Ainge)…But are they better than just ok?..unless one of them really shines and pleasantly surprises us all….do they jets have a dominant pass-rusher yet?

  30. By Eddy on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I like Jabari Greer as opposed to Corey Ivy, who is a good nickle back, but Greer is a true number 2 corner with blazing speed, and he is 5 yrs younger at only 26. Bring back Moore please kemoteau has signed with pittsburgh and Brown(the former raven) will likely sign with the rams, leaving us with injury prone offensive lineman left in free agency Bring back the man whos started 72 straight games

  31. By Frank on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Forget Scott tell him to take a hike what he did here is deceitful and the trust is already broken. Go get Lewis he is the better player and a significantly better leader save some money.

  32. By wayne on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Start printing SB tickets,Jets got the great Bart Scott.Watch the Pats sign up a bunch a good vets at bargain basement prices and kick their butts.

  33. By joe b on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    It’s starting to look as if Bart Scott is using the JETS as a bargaining chip with the Ravens.

  34. By joel punch on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    with a new QB we need a big receiving target T.J. Houshmanzadah would be perfect L.C if you dont wanna be here then go barton should be kept and moved back to OLB an RAY LEWIS and BART SCOTT should be brought in RAY so that GHOLSTON can get a handle on the new schemes and his win at all costs attitude maybe even GEORGE FOSTER or CHRIS KEMOEATU at the guard position oh yehh PEPPERS or A. SMITH. DE

  35. By Gerard Lennon on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Good year last year but ended in tears for me. Exicted to be a Jets fan right now with the arrivel of Rex Ryan. Getting guys like bart scott will transfer the Jets name into a defensive style i belive. Thats one of the things i belive we are missing. Last year we were one of the better teams in the NFL but howerver we still dont have that physicality of the great’s. Cant wait to check out camp.

  36. By Alan on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Weclome to The Big Apple Bart Scott, anyways with Scott signed i think the jets are going to go after a corner in the F.A i mean theres alot of corners out there, Mcfadden, Springs, Ivy, so when it comes to the draft say hello to Darius Heyward-Bay or Maclin, Maybe well trade down for Crabtree but only one way to find out? Come on April!!

  37. By George on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Good move signing scott. Maybe not as big of a deal as people will make it considering hes played next to ray lewis and terrell suggs his whole career but he will be solid. Now lock up leonhard, and bring back brandon moore under a new deal. There are no top O-guards left in free agency except moore. make a deal for lito sheppard trade and address WR and D-End through the draft, as well as a TE

  38. By supercooljetfan on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    cant wait for the draft hopefully the jets draft kenny britt in the 1st round…hes that tall deep threat we havent had in a while

  39. By Ira on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Long day but great job by Mr. T and his staff. Besides getting Scott done they resigned Moore to a 4 year deal. Now go finsish up this weekend by getting Leonhard,Ivy and or Sheppard. GO JETS!!!!!! So happy they kept this o-line together.

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  41. By michael on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    is it true that the hets resign brandon moore??? anyone know

  42. By Row on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Devery Henderson! Come on guys please give us an amazing deep threat and a guy we can go to!!! Forget this true to the Ravens trash and get us some guys that can help the team. We are not weak at LB, we just need some better scheme’s. CB, WR and DT are about our biggest needs. Someone get a grip and fill a need! NO PERCY HARVIN!!!

  43. By Ira on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Now after all these moves get done Sheppard will start opposite Revis, Ivy the nickel back and Lowery will play in the dime and safety spots. With this defense i could play QB and this team will win.

  44. By Drew on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Scott, possible trade of a 5th for Lito and now resigning Moore….Please tell me why fans doubt our GM??? Please tell me?? Leonhard tomorrow?? Aweseome job so far

  45. By Jared on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Everyone is back to loving Mr. T. Like I said, patience. The man has a plan. Forget Ivy too cuz were trading for Lito Sheppard who is a lot better. Very happy with the first day of free agency. Just need a WR and maybe Leonard at Safety and we can draft the rest. Great work Mr. T. Season cant come soon enough

  46. By Tom Spicer on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I just read that Sheppard is a Jet for a 5th round pick this year & another pick next year depending on playing time

  47. By Tom Spicer on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Leonhard will be a Jet by Saturday night Rex will not let him leave without his John Hancock on a new contract. So we have our LB, Corner, Saftey & guard our D is set we are going WR or QB in the draft.

  48. By Ryan on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    yeah it says on ESPN that they resigned him

  49. By Frank on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I had suggested last week trading Coles and a draft pick for Sheppard…getting him for 2 draft picks spread over 2 years is a great trade the best move by Tanwoody today. Our secondary is vastly improved already before we add Leonhard and Ivy. I can only guess Moore and the Jets both panicked back to each other…puzzling. Stinchcomb or Andrews was the better move.

  50. By Brian I on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Ira…I thought of you as sonn as I heard we re-signed Moore, great job by Mr. T…..Loving day one, now go get me Leonhard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. By Drew on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    We can really play with house money on draft day. We can pick best avialable at this point. I would love to be aboe to trade down and get picks. The WR’s are going to be strong until round 2

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  53. By Alan on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Im sure everyone who was trash talking Mr.T for letting go of Moore is eating theyre words, As Moore is being resigned, but if we trade for Lito Sheppard or sign Ivy or Mcfadden im good, but it seems pretty obvious now the jets are getting a WR in the first round or a D.E

  54. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    Well it’s official we re-sighed B Moore & picked up lido Shepherd from the Eagles .. like I said about Coles he will be gone & looking like Lowery is next hopefully… Rex is looking to pluck some more Db’s from the Ravens keep your fingers crossed

  55. By Jesse Vile on Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

    I dont think leonhard is even needed. i’d like to see Poteat return as a backup as well the guy is just good to have around. now what about the QB?? and for WR wait for the draft and pick up Ramses Barden a 6’6″ power wideout

  56. By Alan on Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

    Already our Backfield is improving, we now have 2 Pro-Bowlers starting at corner, And the WR’s in this draft go about 3 rounds deep this season, Although im pretty high on Clowney, Itd be nice to trade up to get Crabtree or Maclin, but im hoping that Darius Heywood-Bay falls to us at 17

  57. By Viveca on Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

    Like our moves except for losing Baker. Good blocking tight ends are hard to find. Great to get Moore back. Everybody seems down on Lowery, but I thought he showed a lot of promise. If nothing else he’ll make a great nickelback. Hope Gholston starts looking like a first rounder. We need a passrusher! Depth at O-line is a must. In the first round, trade down for one of the talented receivers.

  58. By tom on Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

    i think the jets should go after nate washinton or tj from the bengals he would be a great can you immagine jericho and tj with brad smith stucky and keller and they even have that david clowney guy who is good and i think brett ratlif has a good shot at winning that qb spot

  59. By Ray on Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

    Viveca, not everyone is down on Lowery and the ones that are aren’t anything to worry about. He has definitely shown promise and should benefit from being in this system and being able to learn for a couple years without the pressure of having to start yet.

  60. By Viveca on Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

    Great move to pick up Lito Sheppard. If he reverts back to form he’ll be a steal. I hope we’ll give Lowery a chance at saftey. I’ve a good feeling about him. Now we need a reciever in the draft, (Robinski, Nicks, Britt?)a tight end, off. line help, a solid back-up to Jenkins. A running back, Jones is thirty…Tannenbaum again did a great job. So happy to have Rex!! What a difference! Go Jets!!!

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