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Mike T at Indy on Green & White Hot Topics

Posted by Randy Lange on February 26, 2010 – 8:12 pm

Mike Tannenbaum took his turn at the Indianapolis podium today, as almost all GMs and head coaches do during the course of each year’s NFL Combine. And while he didn’t drop any bombshells on the gathered reporters from the New York area as well as from less snowy climes around the country, he did shed light on the situations regarding Thomas Jones, Mark Sanchez, Jay Feely, Braylon Edwards, Darrelle Revis, Leon Washington and Vernon Gholston.

Here are excerpts from the Jets general manager’s 15-minute news conference at Lucas Oil Stadium:

On Jones’ contract situation…

"Nothing’s really been finalized on TJ. We’re getting closer to a decision there, but nothing’s been finalized yet. All I can say is we were really fortunate we traded for him three years ago. He’s done a lot of great things for us on the field and even more off the field. He’s really been our leader, a tireless worker, he’s a really good player and a better person. We have a few more days to get that finalized and once we do we’ll let everyone know."

On the signing of K Nick Folk and what it says about Feely’s Jets future…

"We did that because Nick’s a young kicker who went to the Pro Bowl a couple of years ago and it was good business to sign him. What happens with Jay, we’ll see. He’s going to make it to the free agent market and we’ll keep the lines of communication open. He did a great job for us down the stretch, made some really big kicks in the playoffs. He was a big reason for our success. I don’t know if he’ll be back. The opportunity to sign Nick Folk presented itself and I felt that was smart to handle that situation proactively, but by no means does that say that Jay definitely will not come back."

On tendering Edwards…

"This is going to be a really important offseason for Braylon in terms of him being more acclimated with our offense, working with Mark every day. Braylon did a lot of great things for us. As Rex has mentioned more than once, he really helped our running game. He’s a tremendous blocker. I think how defenses played us after we traded for Braylon changed. So he’s done a lot of things that maybe didn’t show up on the stat sheet. We’re really glad he’s here. We will tender him. And then like I said, it’s a really important offseason for him to be with us all the time. I really believe the guys we’ve got in the building give him the ability to be a much better player long-term by being in our program every day."

On Sanchez’s rehab from knee surgery…

"We’re not exactly sure when he’ll be back on the field yet. It’ll be before training camp. If I say ‘well before training camp,’ the trainers will get mad at me, so I can only say ‘before training camp.’ But he’ll be fine. The guy’s really worked hard, but we just don’t want to put a date on it. It’s one of those injuries everyone recovers from at different rates."

On trying to sign Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and other young veterans to extensions…

"Those are all challenges. Those are guys we want here long-term. There’s a lot of challenges trying to sign players to extensions, the way the rules are, but we’re looking at those things. And the players you mentioned are really core guys for us that we need to have sustainable success."

On Washington’s rehab…

"He’s doing better, doing some walking in our underwater treadmill, doing a great job. As you know, Leon’s a tireless worker. We’ll never bet against Leon. We’re really glad he’s on our team. He should be ready to go by opening day."

On Gholston’s second season as a Jet…

"You go back to our season, we started off 3-1 with Calvin Pace being suspended for four games, Shaun Ellis being suspended on opening day. We won at Houston, beat New England and Tennessee at home, and defensively played very well at New Orleans. And Vernon played a lot. Unfortunately, that consistency did not continue throughout the season. … He needs to play better. We all know that. He would tell you that if he was standing here. But he did do a lot of good things at Ohio State and it was based on a tremendous work ethic and talent. We’ve got to get that out of him on a more consistent basis."

On the Jets’ task ahead as one of the NFL’s "final four teams"…

"We’re prepared for the uncapped year. Our staff’s done a great job of preparing for all the rules. Ari Nissim [director of football administration] is here — he’s done a great job — as is our whole staff from the pro and college side. We’re prepared for next Friday. The rules will be a little bit different for us, but we’re embracing that challenge and we’ve got to look at all the different mechanisms to improve the team. Going back to last season, someone like Chauncey Washington, who we signed off the Cowboys’ practice squad, we’re really excited about him. And there’ll just be different ways we can improve the team and we’re going to look tirelessly to do that."

Next will be Rex, as head coach Rex Ryan gets his turn at the podium Saturday at 11:45 a.m. Eric Allen will bring you word on his remarks tomorrow afternoon.

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25 Responses to “Mike T at Indy on Green & White Hot Topics”

  1. By Ross on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Randy I understand Thomas Jones is owed a big bonus soon but why else do you think the Jets would release him. He is still a big impact player and is very key to the offense. Why not trade him and get some value for him.

  2. By gary on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    i think that they will let tj go and then sign lt. i think tj will go to sd. i think its time for both of them to change scenery and both will have great years for there respective teams.

  3. By Dan Trabilsy on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Please consider Nnamdi Asomugha! Raiders will be looking to trade and rebuild. The thought of two shut down corners combined with Rex’s blitz packages would be unlike anything, anyone has ever seen in the NFL!

  4. By Ian on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more with Ross. TJ is a great player but why wouldn’t we try to get value for him. With San Diego not tendering Sproles, they need a RB more than ever. I feel like we could get Cromartie for TJ and that would improve our secondary and we could always pick up an older back as insurance for SG.

  5. By Ira on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    No team is going to give you a pick for TJ. At best you might get a 6th. Not becuase of his talent or age but the whole league knows the Jets are getting ready to part ways unless he accepts what they offer. Looks like he won’t be back. Hope i am wrong. On VG well Mr. T is right . He did show some improvement those 1st 4 games. He might have saved the Tenn game when he caught CJ from behind otherwise he was gone. I think they will give him to the end of camp to prove himself.

  6. By Harry on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    I personally like Jones in Kelly Green, the guy seemingly took second stage to “Suga” Shonn Green in the post season but he did a lot of heavy lifting in the reg season. He shows a lot of energy in “Mic’d up” clips and seems to really rally the team around him. Not to write him off as a “CheerLeader” but, in my opinion, Jones’ impact on the team is far more than his performance on the field. I hope to see Jones, Washington, and Greene all in the stable next year giving opposing teams headaches.

  7. By Zack on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, i just read online that Nnamdi Asomugha wants to be a Jet. Is there any possibility of getting him in a trade with Oakland? If there is, who do you think would the Jets trade?

  8. By Randy Lange on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Zack, there’s always a chance of a trade. As Mike Tannenbaum said Friday at Indianapolis, “Right now I’m looking at trades as a real viable way for us to improve our team.” I couldn’t tell you whom the Jets might give up in trade, but you’re free to speculate.

  9. By Rafael on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    Not sure what kind of value SD would be getting back for Cromartie, but if it’s not much why wouldn’t the Jets try to trade for him, using TJ as one of the pieces. San Diego is interested in Jones anyway. I’m sure Cromartie is owed alot of money but if he’s not, Trader Mike should inquire about getting him. However if they just let Jones walk, will that free a spot up for the Jets to sign any Free Agent they would want?

  10. By brandon on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    i think the jets should trade TJ for Nnamdi Asomugha that will be great shean green is young only 23 he took over the playoffs that man is nice he can do great things for the jets i like TJ alot but he did not show anything in the playoffs he is 30 u kno wat that meens. but at the end of the day jets will do great things and make great decesions. lets go jets!

  11. By Gary C on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    To all jet fans who want the jets to be like the yankees and bring in every free agent under the sun, remember what has happened with the redskins, snyder thought he could buy championships and he could not and it left them no draft choices to build team.all it left him was overpaid malcontents.football is more about chemistry and baseball is more about one on one.

  12. By Jacque on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Just wondering. Is there a good to great possibility of a big trade for the jets this offseason? If so who do you believe it is? Not just any trade, like Zack said a Asomugha for TJ and Bart, or I heard about a Trade for a higher pick to get carlos dunlap.

  13. By Mr. Green on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    If the Jets can’t make a trade for a player with their #1 pick, they should trade down to the early 2nd round and pick up an extra pick. Maybe a 4th rounder. This is a very good draft year. There will be plenty of good players in the 2nd and 3rd round. We can’t sign any of these FA names being thrown around unless we trade for them. Final four teams can’t sign but can trade for these players.

  14. By Zack on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Ross…

  15. By russ on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    you want to trade with Oakland…give up Rhodes and you get the DB…still want to trade????

  16. By Row on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    This TJ move puts Rex in Mangini territory. I think it stinks. We have a great team in place and all of a sudden it’s “Mark’s” team. You can’t build a team around a poor QB, a WR that drops the ball regularly and a RB that puts the ball on the ground at least once a game on average. Just a horrible idea. I can’t believe the nerve the front office has.. Disgusted in Missouri.

  17. By neil Brown on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    I love Greene and glad he will be the main Rb. Yet, signing Jones would be a good choice. He still relatively healthy and a hard worker. I want to trade our #1 pick for Cromartie or Asough whatever his name is from the Raiders. Then sign pepper Johnson

  18. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Row, it’s a team that lost to IND because once it was down to TJ, it was all over. Enough venting already, stop and think for a change. When you trade up for a QB like we did, damn right “it’s Mark’s team,” just like it would’ve been Matthew’s team or Josh’s team. If BE keeps dropping the ball, he’ll be gone, too. MS and SG are rookies and rookies do things vets don’t do. Thank God you’re not running the team, giving up on great players after one year because their skill set isn’t perfect yet.

  19. By Purpleflash on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    First — All you guys wanting to trade for Cromartie. That guy has been vilified her in Dan Diego (justly) for his no heart performance in the Jets Playoff win. Look at the tape the two must important plays. Greene’s TD run and TJ’s fourth and one sealer. Cromartie backed away from both plays and could’ve made the stops but didn’t want to hit. All the Charger fans don’t want him here anymore and neither do we as Jets fans.

    Second… gotta find a way to keep TJ. This is not good for the te

  20. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Purpleflash, don’t forget Cromartie’s incredibly bush cheap shot on SG in the endzone after his TD. Still, I’m not sure two plays and one uncalled Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty rule Cromartie out for us, if we can’t get one of the very top CBs in the draft we gotta trade for one and I’ve already made my preference known for trading up to pick Best 1st. Plus we have WR questions: BE and Clowney staying? AA healthy? Pick up Boldin or Marshall instead of picking a WR? Need O and D line guys, too.

  21. By Steve on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Love your blog Randy pls let me know if you agree. I think the TJ release frees up a lot of cash we could use in other places. Hate to see him go but with Leon W back and Green running the ball I think we’re covered on that end. Main concern in my opinion is picking up someone to cover the other corner and another receiver. Cromartie’d be great and he played his best ball with man-to-man D. And Edwards may be a great blocker but if he drops passes like he did in both Cinci games he needs to go

  22. By mcphee on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Can some one confirm this for me… Under the final four team rules the release of TJ by the Jets makes him an unrestricted free agent correct? Not a ‘free agent”? So in releasing a player with value such as TJ, they are positioning themselves to open up a slot; possibly a slot with some $$ because TJ wants to make more than the Jets have been paying him. If this is correct, then I get it. Otherwise, for example if this was a Caped Year, I would think he’s worth all of the $5.8M in question.

  23. By mcphee on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    I think the CB Draft Depth is to great to waste what little free agency moves the Jets have available to them on this position. And, it seems to me there are few current players they can consider trading… they are not particularly deep at any position. They should be looking to find an OLB via free agency or trade in my opinion. That said, they couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get Asomugha.

  24. By Randy Lange on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    mcphee, Thomas Jones will become a street free agent but not an unrestricted FA on Friday because his contract is being terminated. Only players who (this year) have six-plus seasons of service and whose contracts will expire on Friday are eligible to become UFAs. Those are the players the Jets will need to lose before they can add UFAs coming from other teams this offseason.

  25. By mcphee on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Randy. In that case I’m not to psyched about this… the guy brings the number one running game, as requested. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite the Jets… “Patriots, with their number one rush offence thanks to the acquisition of the ageless Thomas Jones during free agency, win the AFC East and go on to defeat the Jets in the 2010-2011 Wild Card Round.” That would be awful! Let’s hope it was all the O-line and T-Rich… maybe I could even run behind them.

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