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Mike T on the Season Past, the Year Ahead

Posted by Eric Allen on January 28, 2010 – 6:51 pm

There would be no bombshells this afternoon at Mike Tannenbaum’s year-ending news conference.

At different points, Mr. T was asked if he thought RB Thomas Jones, S Kerry Rhodes, RB Leon Washington, WR Braylon Edwards and LB Vernon Gholston would return in 2010 and the answer was yes each time.

The 31-year-old Jones, who led New York’s AFC representative with a career-best 1,402 yards and a franchise-record 14 TDs, was held to just 2.6 yards a carry and 117 yards in the playoffs while rookie Shonn Greene ripped off a 5.6 average and 304 yards over three games.

“There are some economic issues that obviously have to be looked at over the next month, but you know, we hope that [Jones] is back," Tannenbaum said. "He’s done a lot for our team — both on and off the field. Rex has talked about what he’s done from a leadership standpoint. We look at his production and it’s really remarkable, but it’s a testament to TJ.”

A day after Rhodes told SNY that he wanted to remain with the Green & White, the Jets GM was asked about the reported roster bonuses due to both Rhodes and Jones in March.

“You still have budgets you have to hit, you still have targets that you have to be at. Then also, we don’t know what the new system would be and you have to be prepared that you can transition from capped to uncapped as well,” he said. “I certainly don’t know when we get it done what it might look like, so we have to be prepared for that as well. These are always tough judgment calls and we will always do what’s best for the Jets.”

The team will place tenders on Edwards, Washington and backup QB Kellen Clemens. Edwards was viewed as a vertical threat and a strong blocker by defenses that were forced to play differently against the offense with him in the lineup. A return of a healthy Washington would give the Jets even more explosion and Tannenbaum stockpiled quarterbacks last season to get in a favorable position.

“If another team came along and was interested in Kellen, we will certainly evaluate that. When we traded for Kevin O’Connell, that was certainly a thought in my mind,” Mr. T said. “We may not have Kellen forever, and that was something that Ron Wolf always talked to me about — get a quarterback every year. And so I like to deal from a position of strength when it comes to that depth.”

Although Gholston hasn’t met expectations, the Jets’ 2008 first-round pick will in all likelihood get another shot in 2010.

“He has not played as well as he has hoped or we would have hoped,” said Tannenbaum. “The attributes of why we drafted him are what give me hope. He has a really a great work ethic, he’s 23 years old, and this is going to be an important off‑season for him.”

Due a reported $10 million roster bonus if he remains with the club, CB Lito Sheppard, many think, will not be a part of the Jets’ future plans.

“We have not finalized any decision on Lito yet, but what’s interesting from my standpoint … Rex loves small guys, which is really the antithesis of what you would think of a big, blitzing defense. He loves DBs,” said Tannenbaum.

If no new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached, the NFL will enter into a “Final League Year” on March 5, featuring no salary cap and restrictions on free agency. After finishing in the NFL’s "final four," the Jets would operate under some constrictions.

“We can’t sign one [unrestricted free agent] until we would lose one," Tannenbaum said, "and that’s someone whose contract expires and they have been in the league for six or more seasons. If a player gets cut by another team, they become a free agent and we would be able to sign them.

“We would also be able to sign a restricted free agent that was tendered by another team and obviously trades are another possibility. But we cannot sign an unrestricted free agency, one whose contract expires, until one of our unrestricted free agents signs with another team.”

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31 Responses to “Mike T on the Season Past, the Year Ahead”

  1. By Gerard Travers on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Where do the Jets go in the draft?? Edge pass rusher? Cornerback? Safety? I think these 3 areas as seen in last week’s game in Indy need to be addressed. Would love to see Gholston step up. Not confident on that though.

  2. By Ira on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    EA, Glad they want to bring TJ back. Sure they will have to rework a new deal with him but i still think he is a vital part of this team even though Greene showed he could be a stud. Kerry i think they will look to trade if they have find a replacement for him. Otherwise he will be back. He has too much talent and can play much better. Lito i am not sure about. Once again it all depends on the $

  3. By Ira on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    I was surprised about Kellen. I guess if it becomes an uncapped year then they can bring him back and carry 4 QB’s heading into camp. And then see if a veteran they like becomes available. I have no concerns about Sanchez’s knee and believe he will be just fine.

  4. By al on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    can someone explain this to me? he gm says we can ighn one unrestricded free agent untill we lose one unrestriced free agent.right?. well if this rule is for all teams then how any unrestricded free agent can get signed????. some team gota sign a player before they lose one. so how is this possible??.

  5. By Vincent on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    GO: Lito & Gholston. VG is a bust & a waste of a LB position. $10mil alone should force Lito out; for $10mil we can get a few CBs that can play as good. WATCH – If Rhodes & Edwards aim to be talkers, then they should be made to watch their mouth. No matter how good a player is, disrupting team unity is not on. STAY – Keep Leon (a star) and TJ in case Greene gets 2nd yr nerves. JETS!

  6. By calvin greaves on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Sure would like to see Brandon Marshall in the green and white. I’m almost sure Braylon has more drops than td’s. I think we have exercised enough patience with Kellen Clemens. Its time to give him his walking papers. Lastly, i didn’t even know Gholston was still on the team. Thanks Randy, take it easy.

  7. By Ray on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Randy maybe you can clarify the statement Mr. T made about being able to sign a FA. I understand that we can’t sign one unless we lose one. Then he said right after that that if a player gets cut he becomes a FA and we can sign him. Does that mean we can sign him without losing one?

  8. By cliff on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Tannen is a first class buisnessman. He won’t say who he’s cutting but I garantee Lito is gone and they try to sign the CB from N.E but I forget his name..I also garantee Rhodes is gone, Jones and I wouldn’t be stunned to see Ellis and Gholston go. Like he said though or hinted at, it depends on who other teams cut as to who they can afford to let go. Very clever statement.

  9. By Eric Allen on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ray, assuming there is no CBA agreement by March 5, a “Final Four” team can’t sign an unrestricted free agent until it loses a UFA to another team. But if a team cuts a player, that player is not unrestricted, he’s just a “street” free agent. There is no restriction on a Final Four team signing those veteran free agents.

  10. By Eric Allen on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    al, the rule (if there is no CBA agreement by March 5) would not apply to all teams. It would apply only to the “Final Four” teams who reached the conference championship games.

  11. By Mr. Green on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    I have to laugh at posters who claim we have exercised enough patience with KC. The guy has started one game in 2 years. And won it. What more can you ask of a backup QB ? We should tender players. If they go we get something in return. We should have tendered Favre instead of releasing him. . We probably would have gotten a #1 & #3 pick. Instead he used us to get to the Vikings. And than Deja Vu.

  12. By Ferraro41 on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Al….the restriction Tannenbaum talked about only affects the “Final Eight” teams, meaning the teams who made it to the division round of the playoffs. The teams who lost in the wildcard round or did not make the playoffs at all are not restricted in the same way.

  13. By Lee on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Jones is due a $3 million bonus by 3/15, & the way Greene ran in the play-offs, I’d be stunned if TJ didn’t either re-work his deal or get cut. Gholston, unfortunately, isn’t going anywhere, unless the Jets want to absorb the cap hit of that signing bonus (which, in an uncapped year, they might). Rhodes had a terrible season overall & was exposed in the Indy loss. I expect they will replace him.

  14. By Ira on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    cliff, Why would you think Ellis will not be back. The guy is one of the most respected players on the team and in the league. He had one of his best years and still has more left in his tank. Do they need to get younger on the d-line? Of course but expect Ellis and Douglas both to be back.

  15. By Dan on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    well in the first round i see them going for defensive line. Look into Jared Odrick from Penn State. Second round, I see a CB being taken (Javier Arenas, Bama). Lito Sheppard will be gone. TJ will stay. Kerry will stay. Gholston will stay. Ellis will stay. Washington will stay. Edwards will stay. TJ and Ellis will only get a 2 year deal. Edwards, Kerry and Washington will sign long term.

  16. By willmpk on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Looking to the draft, as a fan for 20 years, one thing sticks from drafting Gholston. If you want a LB get a LB if you want a DE get a DE! W/ that said Gholston can still be of value. Switch him back to DE (2nd string), free up the draft pick for a premire DT.VG’s #s were better than jenkins in the last 12 games. and lets get a Blocking FB! at T.Rich age we may see TJ blocking for S.Green

  17. By Joe on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not good with roster/bonuses/all of that jazz. I would definitely like to see Rhodes and Ellis come back. Braylon does have skill. I like the way he fights for extra yardage/the ball when it’s in the air. He makes up for his dropped passes by doing so. Greene was a beast, Jones was a beast, and I definitely want them to keep Washington. He’s explosive everywhere you put him.

  18. By Ira on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    T-Rich is still one of the best blocking FB’s in the NFL. His age is not a problem as long as he wants to come back and make another run at a title with the Jets next season. They came oh so close maybe he will give it another shot.

  19. By Jimmer on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    For 1, TJ needs to come back. If SG goes down in game 1, you’ll hate your statements about TJ. He is also the soul of the team. He had how many carries this year? Cut him some slack. Ellis is the only pass rusher on the D-Line. And we lack them. The one FA we should target is Peppers. Jenks could have former teamate talk with him. We need consistant pass rushing w/o blitzing every down.

  20. By Jimmer on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    KC will probably be tendered low, hoping we can get anything at all for him. Ainge looks like he’s a keeper. VG, less production than Johnny Mitchell. Read what you will. Again, trade for anything on this guy. After trading for BE we lost key players on ST’s. Boy did that hurt us after that. We could really draft players simply for ST’s. See ya Lito!

  21. By al on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    We need to drft a DLineman. are starters(kenkins, ellis ,douglas) and 2 of our top reserves.Puoho and Grenn are on the wrong side of 30.I like tony at Fb but he has maybe a year left. I reaally thing getting a good p[ass catching FB would help sanchez). Remember Anderson and sowell a few years back they went to probowl.

  22. By Mike jet vet on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Tired of hearing how great Mike-T is,this year the 1st in all his years here that more then one draft pick really panned out.. We got notta for players like Vilma -Favre can’t name all who have flourished after leaving the Jets & received nothing for them .Patsy’s get picks Players on the same moves and as a result built a dynasty .Mike-T has to get went he gives quality Depth is our problem

  23. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    I believe L-S-( V-G)- K-C are gone maybe E-S & K-R T-J is gone if he looks for more-$$$, with RB’s S-Greene -Beanie Wells -D-Brown -The Kid from Alabama all productive coming out of college as rookies, surely with our O-line any one of them gains big yardage S-G is proof of that .We need to keep the core team together that will take some sacrifice pick your poison and please get a PASS RUSHER

  24. By John on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Well I like to the Jets to drafts a FS Taylor Mays or S Earl Thomas. If they both gone WR, Golden Tate. I think they should make a trade for Kerry Rhodes to get back a 3rd or a 4th Rd pick for him. Lito Sheppard and Strickland should be traded if they can or cut them. Thomas Jones should be back don’t see Jets trying to trade him away. Shaun Ellis or Bryan Thomas could be traded for picks…..

  25. By Troy on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    If K.Rhodes goes ,you know he’s headed to the Pats,remeber that lil convo he had on the field in 06 after we beat NE ,with the D problems they have and the Info they could get out of Rhodes Belicheck would jump on him in a sec. I think he knows whats expected of him now in this D we need to bring him back

  26. By sean on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    We keep our key players in place, draft well, and cut Lito and Jones. Pay Rhodes his bonus and please find a pass rusher!!! Tender Braylon, and sign Washington to a deal……..With what Rex has done with this Defense, I think players would love to play for him!

  27. By Ray on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Green, we didn’t need to tender Favre, we had the option on him for another year. He submitted retirement papers to the NFL. Who was going to give up a #1 and #3 for a retired player? Had we kept him, we couldn’t trade him to the Vikings or we would have owed Green Bay 3 #1 picks. And there is no other team he would have come out of retirement for. Not to mention $13 mil against the cap.

  28. By Chef Jorge on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    We should definitely sign TJ, he deserves it and we need to first see if Washington is going to be 100%. I would switch TJ’s and Greene’s role thoughmake Greene the featured back. I would draft CB’stry to find the next Revis or a smart CB which Revis can mentor. PLEASE sign Rhodes he showed all of us what he can really do. Late rounds draft lineman and linebackers.O will be fine with current staff

  29. By Anthony on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    I think we need to look into Julius Pepprs maybe. take care of the Passrusher then draft a corner maybe another wideout rb and lb…something has to break. I am hearing about the Jets looking to Joey Porter he could be a great addition to this team.

  30. By Anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 | Reply

    haha Joey Porter would never sign witht he Jets, he hates the Jets, he has stated that already. As for the draft, the Jets should probably look at a CB and a WR, other than that, I think the current Jets team is set for contention next year.

  31. By Steve on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    The missing pieces… Saints releases Bush to avoid the bonus owed in 2010, sign him to replace Leon AND TJ (two for one on the bottom line), the GreenBush twoheadedmonster runs in the AFC East for the decade.
    Jets/Giants make a deal for a one up trade of Osi for Kerry. Jets get a pass rush & get rid of a safety that can’t penetrate the 5 yd force field that separates him from whoever he covers.

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