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Mike T: Both Smiths Will Also Be Tendered

Posted by Eric Allen on February 15, 2010 – 1:10 pm

Before Mike Tannenbaum celebrated his Valentine’s birthday on Sunday, we sat down with the Jets’ GM in his office to discuss a multitude of topics, including the upcoming free agency period that commences March 5, the potential challenges of an uncapped year, the club’s draft preparations and his recollections of a memorable playoff run. You’ll be able to view the multipart interview later this week on newyorkjets.com, but we wanted to give you a little news tease from our discussion.

After having announced in his season-ending news conference that he planned on placing tenders on Braylon Edwards, Leon Washington and Kellen Clemens, Mr. T. said he also intends on placing tenders on both the versatile Brad Smith and S Eric Smith. The Jets have 11 restricted free agents, and by placing a tender on an RFA, the Jets protect themselves from losing that player in a couple of ways.

Other teams can make contract offers to the Jets’ RFAs from March 5-April 15, but New York’s AFC representative would have one week to match anything that was signed, with the last possible matching date landing on April 21. If the Jets choose not to match an offer, they would receive compensation in the form of a draft pick or picks determined by the player’s tender and draft selection.

Brad Smith became a major force down the stretch, returning the second-half kickoff a franchise-record 106 yards in the Week 16 win over the Colts, rushing four times for a career-high 92 yards in the regular-season finale against the Bengals, which propelled the Green & White into the playoffs, and completing a 45-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the AFC Championship Game. The 26-year-old Smith, in his fourth season out of Missouri, rushed for a career-high 207 yards in ’09 and was a special teams standout for Mike Westhoff with 20 ST stops.

Eric Smith was on the receiving end of a 27-yard pass from Brad Smith on a perfectly executed fake punt at Tampa Bay. Providing depth in the defensive backfield, E. Smith was credited with four starts at S this year and was credited with 34 regular-season tackles (according to coaches’ video breakdown), six PDs and one interception. He’s also a core special teams player credited with 25 tackles.

Jets’ Draft Order

Late last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all NFL general managers, head coaches and personnel directors that contained the tentative order for the 2010 draft. The order does not include compensatory selections, which next month will be awarded to clubs at the bottoms of Rounds 3-7.

As we’ve written before on newyorkjets.com, the Jets currently own the 29th selections in the following rounds: 1, 2 (No. 61 overall), 6 and 7. The Green & White’s third- and fifth-round selections were sent to Cleveland in the package that brought Braylon Edwards to New York in October. And the Jets, courtesy of the Lito Sheppard deal last February, own the Eagles’ 24th selection in Round 5. To obtain Sheppard, the Jets shipped to Philadelphia a 2009 fifth-round pick and their four-round pick in ’10.


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41 Responses to “Mike T: Both Smiths Will Also Be Tendered”

  1. By Mr. Green on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    EA ..How can teams protect themselves from a player doing what Brett Favre did. Retire, get your outright release and than sign with another team.

  2. By Ira on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    EA, Glad to hear the Jets will tender Mizzou and Eric. They are both in the prime of their careers and neeed to be part of this team. They each contribute in their own ways. Is there a limit of tender offers you can make on your own RFA’s? I think they need to tender Hunter, Digs and Drew also. I hate that they moved the draft to Thurs, Fri and Sat. Its all about TV $. First night starts at 7:30 pm and if the Jets do pick @29 they won’t pick until about midnight.

  3. By Eric Allen on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Green, a team can retain the rights to a retired player for a specific period, which used to be four years.

  4. By Glenn on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    What are the chances of any of our restricted free agents getting traded and or signed so we can obtain a few more draft choices? I feel with the final eight policy applying to us that only 2 picks within RD’s 1-4 isnt good enough? Players like clemens and e. smith could draw the most reasonable interest?

  5. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hope everybody’s satisfied now that it looks like Mr. T’s going to tender everyone who’s really essential or worth something on the market. If we can get a few more picks, we won’t have to make bad deals like two mid-level picks for Lito anymore. I really think SEA would be a good fit for KC and I’d root for him there, but he’s not going to be happy just backing up MS and holding for us. And I’ll be happy when we have the same holder for Feely — and the same punter — for a full season or two!

  6. By irish jet on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    they need to re sign feeley,richardson,devito,and thomas jones. greene and leon are awesome,but they are not as durable as TJ. get rid of hollywood kerry rhodes,and say adios lito!

  7. By I HATE THE PATS on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    why would the jets even think about bringing back kellen,he is a nice guy,but not an n.f.l. q.b.

  8. By kara green on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Both Smiths being tendered is good news for the Jets. Two very versitile players that know what it means to be a Jet in the Rex Ryan era! Do you think that Drew Coleman and Diggs (Ihedigbo) will also be tendered?

  9. By Vincent on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Good move with the Smiths. Dump Sheppard.

  10. By Pranit on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    We need more draft choices…trade away kerry Rhodes for at least a 4th rd. Can we trade Lito or is he a FA?

  11. By j-rod on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    greene and washington aren’t as durable as TJ? Are you kidding? lol. TJ is the most robotic rb in the game. He’s gaining all those yards because of the offensive line. If the oline wasn’t the number one TJ would be done. Look at Greene and Washington, they can create, they are durable. Resign TJ? Okay. but he’s not like a “oh, lock him up quick because we need him” type of player. He muscular but not durable as you may think.

  12. By Ira on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, I think KC would like to start fresh somewhere else and Sea would be a could place. I only wish him the best and hope he gets his career going. I thought Weatherford did a good job punting for the most part. But i can’t see them going back to him for the holding job. Wonder if Ainge or O’Connell will take over or does Chad get that job? Yeah 18 or so punters in the past 20 years or so is really unheard of. Irish, Devito signed a new deal towards the end of last season. Kid did a good job!

  13. By Ira on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    I would sign Trusnik to an offer sheet since he is a RFA. ST’s to a big blow after they traded him and he played well for Cle in their base D when given the chance. Randy, Since Trusnik was an undrafted player do the Jets or any other team have to give up a pick for him?

  14. By Coops on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, can you clear something up for me? If the Jets choose not to tender some of their RFAs maing them unrestricted, do the “final 4″ restrictions under the CBA allow the Jets to sign similarly priced replacements if those guys sign elsewhere? Or does the like-for-like replacement of UFAs only apply to UFAs with 6 or more years experience?

  15. By dave on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    keep the smiths and dump lito and d coleman. This team is good how it is with kris and leon coming back at every position except corner back. We have the best cover corner in the business, but after that, we dont have a single guy that can cover welker, garcon, ward or any other quality #2 receiver in this league. We are hampered by the final 8 rule, but randy, we can sign any free agent that gets released by another club, with no salary restrictions? ie Rasheen Mathis of jax or the like?

  16. By Eric Allen on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Coops, the “final four” rule applies only to losing and signing unrestricted free agents, players with six or more years of playing experience whose contracts are expiring. RFAs, to my knowledge, are unaffected by this rule.

  17. By Eric Allen on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, unless an undrafted RFA is tendered at a higher level, he would require no draft-choice compensation from a team that seeks to sign him to an offer sheet.

  18. By Eric Allen on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, dave, a player who is released now, as opposed to having his contract expire, isn’t a part of the unrestricted free agency system and can be signed by any team.

  19. By irish jet on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    j-rod,the definition of being durable means your not injured,and as much as i love leon,and greene,you need an insurance plan in case they go down.TJ was banged up down the stretch,he carried this team for the last 2 years,he deserves to come back,pay him,his leadership,and work ethic is second to none on this team

  20. By scjoe on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Unless B Smith is tendered a #2, someone will make an offer, and someone still may as a #2. This is a guy who can do a lot of things well. I am not sure the Jets can replace him with a 4th round pick, they should have given him a two or three year extension. I know they can match any offer, but that may turn out to be for more then an extension would be. I think he is reaching his full potential and it would be sad to see another team reap the benefits.

  21. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    j-rod, nice about TJ, at this age if there isn’t a huge hole right in front of him, he’s often down as soon as the first guy touches him. SG can actually break tackles and get through the line. We’ll have to see about Leon. Ira, I thought Weatherford did okay, too, but I have a feeling Rex isn’t satisfied. I sure don’t see Chad returning just to hold! And that was a nice point somebody made on the other story about MS playing a style Chad can’t teach. Plus he throws better than Chad ever did.

  22. By OriginalJetFan on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Clemons is fine as a backup, knows system, if Sanchez goes down it’s over anyway. Lito and Kerry, gone IF you get a better replacement , but not before.
    Draft…, 1. Pass rush DE or OLB, 2. CB, then best available maybe then a WR.
    look for help for OL, DL,LB’s and WR from cuts from other teams and replace any FA with whatever fits best given $ restrictions. With leon and Kris it’s like getting two more FA’s, without injury we are loaded baby!

  23. By MIKE on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    j-rod – defininition for durable- 1)capable of withstanding wear and tear. 2)Being able to perform well over long period of time. TJ has more yards than any RB in last two years. And is 2nd to LT over last 6 or 8 years. Has set back to back team records in TD’s and has never been injured. How is that not durable. True Greene is the future but TJ still has gas in the tank and is worth keeping around for the right price.

  24. By Christopher on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    I HATE THE PATS (hey, me too)…they are placing a tender on Clemens so they can get a draft pick for him. The Jets never really gave him much of a chance here, but because of that there may be some value there. He was a high second round draft pick and has 4 years experience now. At worst he makes a decent backup and teams like Seattle, Arizona, Buffalo, Washington, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Oakland where he can compete for a starting job could all be possibilities. Why give him up for nothing?

  25. By Ira on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Tom,
    Its not about Chad helping or teaching mark how to make throws with his arm. Its all about having somebody to mentor him with everything from his day to day practice and studying approaches to reading D’s and helping understand things on gameday that he might not be seeing. Plus with a win now team with vets Chad would be perfect if he had to step in and play a game or two. Oak signed SJ to a huge contract@ about 4 mill per yr. That will not make it easy now to sign Feely right away.

  26. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Everything you say about Chad is why I want him as QB coach, not back-up QB, Ira. I’ll be able to hear the boos from NJ to out here in L.A. when once-strong-armed, now-noodle-armed Chad comes off the bench while EA just sits there. Remember the many posts on how it was crazy to start MS or play SG? (My favorite: The guy who wrote of SG, “You expect us to play a rookie with our season on the line?”) Jets fans have to get over this nonsense and play the guys who can play and that’s EA, not Chad.

  27. By mr. Green on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Mike .. Chris Johnson has over 3,000 yards the last 2 seasons. But TJ should be here next season.

  28. By Anthony on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    What are the chances the Jets will pick up Julius Peppers?

  29. By originalJetfan on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy,
    really crazy thought, with T-Rich not getting any younger, does it make any sense to think that T Jones , who is loaded with muscle , could put on a few pounds and be our FB for a few years? Imagine him lined up with leon or Shonn as the blocking back, you’d have to pay real attention to a fake to TJ!
    What do you think, is he big enough and a good enough blocker?

  30. By Oscar Z. on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy, I have a question if you could answer because all this “Final 4 teams” rules are confusing me, if we lose M. Douglas, could we sign any of the top DE such as Seymour (if not tagged) Vanden Bosh who was said he would not return to TEN, Peppers or Dummerveil?

  31. By Eric Allen on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Oscar Z., there also is a first-year-money component to the signing of unrestricted free agents by “Final Four” teams. Reports say the Jets, for example, can replace a lost UFA only with a UFA who would sign for a deal with equal or lesser first-year money compared to the player lost. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in about three weeks.

  32. By Mike Jet Vet on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    A-Kampman of the Packers might be available in the coming weeks worth a look see can use him at DE or LB

  33. By Oscar Z. on Feb 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ah, Okay Randy, thanks. I guess it will be almost impossible to pick up one of these guys then because no one in our UFA are at a level of the elites to give them a low first year pay ;|

  34. By Perry F on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    T. Jones for Cromartie? Jones isn’t getting any younger, and I truly believe that if we would have had another solid DB we could have beaten the Colts! Is Cromartie too much to ask for or do we go out and trade up to get a DB in the draft.

  35. By robert e on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Thomas Jones as a fullback?? He doesn’t open his eyes when he runs now, I wouldn’t trust him to open a hole.

  36. By Bill Gerlach on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see the Jets trade Thomas Jones and then draft Toby Gerhart
    so they would have a serious Greene/Gerhart 1-2 smash mouth running game for the northeast conditions!

  37. By Don Sherry on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    There seems to be a lot of fans that feel Thomas jones has finally worn down!!!and its time to make a move —age wise he is on the downside…I like what he has brought to the team, but its time to add youth, and I agree with a couple of others who have suggested Toby Gerhardt….A backfield of Greene,Washington and Gerhardt would provide unlimited possibilities!!!!
    a package of Jones& Rhodes could get us a bookend for Revis! or a good DE

  38. By Anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 | Reply

    Really? Hey I have an idea, let’s trade our best back, Thomas Jones, whom ran for 1400 yards last year so that we can pick up another one that could run for half of those yards. Great idea.

  39. By ptboy on Feb 19, 2010 | Reply

    Keep E.Smith, dump (I’m Bigtime)Rhodes and Sheppard

  40. By nyjetfanavery on Feb 19, 2010 | Reply

    we dont need another rb we have 3 good ones now providing that leon fully recovers. What we need is someone to play opposite revis, we all know lito was kind of a bust 4 us. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  41. By BJOnes-TexacoTech on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Rady, If the Jets staff is thinking , and at this point I really don’t believe they are, then they should remember back to the Lamont Jordan fiasco, when we sent a fine running back packing and then Curtis Martin’s knee was trash, and we had no-one to run effectively.The more great backs you can keep like three , the better off you are.Thomas Jones is the consumate proffesional, from his prep to his demeanor, what a true pro .If Parcells was still a coach T.J. would be his, or Pete Carrolls!!!

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