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Mike T on the Rhodes Trade, Other FA Topics

Posted by Randy Lange on March 8, 2010 – 6:52 pm

Mike Tannenbaum had a conference call with Jets beat reporters this afternoon, and while there wasn’t a lot of hard news in the call, the GM did provide some tasty tidbits and interesting background on Jets subjects in the middle of the fourth day of the free agency signing period.

One of the main topics was the background to the Kerry Rhodes trade to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. Tannenbaum, who on a Friday call said he anticipated Rhodes being with the team in the off-season and into next season "and beyond" but cushioned that observation by saying "unless things change," admitted things did change quite a bit in the following 24 hours.

"I think Arizona’s position changed a little bit when they lost [Antrel] Rolle," Tannenbaum said. "For us it was a combination of economics, the two draft choices we were able to receive, and the fact that we like the depth at that position. … Once Rolle moved from Arizona to the Giants, that precipitated things moving quickly. Those are hard decisions, but again we felt it was in the best interests of the team."

Tannenbaum agreed that there were issues between Rhodes and the coaching staff this past season but nothing that couldn’t have been worked through had No. 25 remained in green and white.

"He did wind up playing in 89 percent of the plays and did a lot of good things," the GM said. "There were a lot of positives. Sometimes there are bumps in the road. Some bubble to the surface, some don’t. I was looking forward to another offseason with Kerry and the defensive coaches, but obviously that didn’t come to fruition."

As for the depth part of that three-part thought process, Tannenbaum talked about what he likes with the three veteran safeties he’ll have back at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center for the start of the offseason program in several weeks in Jim Leonhard and especially in Eric Smith and James Ihedigbo.

"Smith and Dig, those are two guys we like a lot," he said. "There are three safeties in the building that have played for us that we’ve been successful with. We felt with these three guys we can line up and play winning football on defense. So we’ll certainly add one, maybe two guys there, but that could be in the draft, it could be in free agency, I’m not really sure."

Tannenbaum was asked about a number of other topics that face the Jets in free agency. Here are some quick hitters:

TE Ben Hartsock — Mr. T wasn’t ready to announce Hartsock’s signing to a new deal but gave the impression things were moving in that direction. "We’re close. I don’t know if we can officially announce that yet," he said. "He played in 46 percent of the snaps last year, we led the league in rushing and Ben deserves some credit for that. That’s an important piece for us to try to re-sign."

FB Tony Richardson — "We hold Tony in the highest regard for what he does on and off the field," Tannenbaum said. "We’ve talked with him more than once. Rex just saw him Saturday night. We’ll see how that goes. I wouldn’t rule anything in or out at this point." Mike also mentioned Jason Davis enters into the T-Rich equation. "Jason did a nice job for us on the practice squad. We like his physicality. Those are the tough calls we have to make, Woody, Rex and myself."

WR Laveranues Coles — LCIII isn’t about to happen, but the GM provided the beguiling information that he has texted Coles, released by the Bengals, and has talked with his agent. "Maybe at some point, but we’ll see," Tannenbaum said. "I have all the respect in the world for Laveranues. But as we build the roster here and try to fill our needs, I would not say anything is imminent." Could there be talks after the draft? "That’s a possibility." But Tannenbaum reminded not to forget about David Clowney, Aundrae Allison and Britt Davis.

LS James Dearth — "I know James is out there looking at offers. We signed a guy a few weeks back, Tanner Purdum, so we’ll see where we go with that. I wouldn’t rule out James coming back but right now we’re kind of in a holding pattern with him."

And when asked about how handcuffed he’s felt by the "Final Four/Final Eight" unrestricted free agency restrictions, Mr. T gave one of his typical "I pity the fool who doesn’t look under every rock every day" responses.

"I mentioned this a few days ago, and I mean this sincerely: I look at the offseason as a continuum," he said. "You look at Hartsock … we signed him in August. We acquired Braylon Edwards in September. Our challenge is to be prepared throughout the year. We try to budget that way, we try to scout that way. It’s just important for us to keep in mind, on the fourth day of free agency, that we went to the AFC Championship Game last year and two key pieces were added way late."


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73 Responses to “Mike T on the Rhodes Trade, Other FA Topics”

  1. By scjoe on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I thought there was a little more value there, then a low 4th rounder for KR, but I can’t argue with what MT has done to this point. I wonder if Lowery will get a look at the Safety position, that may work. I also agree with MT about the WRs we already have in place, Clowney, Allison, and Davis. Along with BE and JC there is not a critical need there. But let’s keep an eye on the RB issue. They need to add a RB at some point. I know there is a need on the D line, but if Best were there at 29???

  2. By Walt on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    commenting on the nfl draft I hope the jets pick Jake Sharp RB Kansas 5-10 195 The guy is a legimate 4.25 sprinter faster than a jack rabbit more agile too.He did not have outstanding stats this season because of injuries about 500 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving.I did watch him when he was healthy and he was fantastic running and receiving.Please do not let the colts get this one.If he is available in the 3rd grab him.1st round talent in the 3rd not bad.

  3. By Ira on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Nice job to get back Hartsock and T-Rich will follow soon. I would wait for awhile with LC but would give them a better option for a #3 as the roster stands now. Mr. T is right about Allison. I want to see what he can do this summer after he tore his ACL last summer. I think they need to re-sign Dearth. Yeah he had a few off snaps last year but he is still one of the best in the NFL and he has been that way since 02. Why worry about such a critical spot to save a few $?

  4. By Grey on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, what have you heard, or believe in the talks about the Jets looking to acquire Brandon Marshall? With a late pick in the 1st round of the draft, wouldn’t this be an opportune time to try it? We’re not restricted as far as trading for a player goes, so could you enlighten us on what you know?

  5. By Trent S on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Good Stuff other than looking into WR Coles in my opinion. They need to draft a young receiver who can be mentored by more experienced Edwards and Cotchery and the improving play of Sanchez.

  6. By uncle joe on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey,isn’t Dig an unrestricted free agent? Lets not talk about him too much until he resigns with us!

  7. By Randy Lange on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Grey, sorry but I’ve got nothing for you.

  8. By Vincent on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t under-estimate Tanny. The guy is all business and gets the job done. He got rid of a pal (Mangini) and players that were in the decline all because the guy wants the best deal for the team without any sentimentality. I reckon T-Rich may be gone, crazy to bring back LColes, Dearth is gone, and if the price is right (and KC don’t want him) he may bring back TJ. My 2 cents…

  9. By Howie D on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    The Rhodes trade is not equitable for us. Kerry is worth more than that. It’s hard to second guess Rex because of what he’s done, but no doubt the Cards got the better deal. Mike T has been bluffing all along, it was clear that Kerry wasn’t in the future plans. Too bad we couldn’t resolve the issues before it got to this. Thanks Kerry for all you did for us, all the very best to you.

  10. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t say everything Mr. T has done or will do is great but what he’s doing so far in ’10 is EXACTLY what I’d hoped he’d do, unload vets of iffy value and/or excessive price and go for youth. For those who mourn the loss of TJ, picture an O in a few years in which the leader is MS, followed by SG. For those who mourn the loss of KR (why the heck they’d do that I’ll NEVER know), picture a secondary in which the leader is DR, followed by AC and JL. THIS IS HOW YOU BUILD AN SUPER BOWL WINNER!

  11. By Rickie New York on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    We definately need to add a playmaking safety in F.A. or possably via trade. I can’t believe the Jets have not made an offer for O ATOGWE of the Rams who was given the lowest tender they could give him. The Jets could have him for a 5th or a 4th (the one we got for Kerry?). He is young player that makes plays. Also there is TANARD JACKSON of the Bucs we could trade for, especially if they draft berry, to fill that need. Jackson is good vs the run and scored on 2 of his 5 ints – he could be our Eeed

  12. By Ray on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Spicer your wrong, the Jets can go after Sharper if they choose to, and Randy comfirmed this for me a couple of posts ago. Sharper is not resticted and the Jets are free to pursue him.

  13. By Ira on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    Digs is a RFA and he will be back. Westhoff loves this guy. scjoe, Good point about Best but draft history tells you that RB;s can be found in the later rds. Curtis 3rd rd, T. Davis 6th, Leon 4th and you can go on and on. Unles a RB is very special i usually don’t like taking one on rd #1. Hope Murrell doesn’t sign with Den and the Jets can get him back. He didn’t get a fair shake playing behind some others.

  14. By Ira on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    See that Wright signed with Car. This was a bad move letting him go. Like i wrote yesterday he was their leading ST player and i thought in summer camp he was the most improved offensive player and was never given a real chance as a #3 or #4 WR. Considering their struggles covering kicks losing your top coverage guy is not good. They should’ve tendered him or signed him before he hit the open market. The Jets have a plan but they are sure cutting costs.

  15. By garrett fla jet fan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    hey randy it seems every one has forgotten with free agencey open but what my bigest concern is how sanchez ‘s rehab from knee surgery is going cuz there would be know reason to pick up a big name reciever if we are going in the season with a back that cant handle preasure

  16. By MO 48 on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    29th pick in the draft u might wanna give Brandon Marshall a call and draft a safety with the 2nd pick. Be careful of drafting WR in the 1st round its a gamble.Sanchez needs more weapons if leon comes back healthy than thats great.but Brandon Marshall would be worth the pick at 29.

  17. By Randy Lange on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    garrett, we’ll be talking with Mark soon about his surgery and rehab.

  18. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    That IS too bad about WW, Ira, he made any number of great ST plays and showed flashes (that called-back 2-pt conversion against MIA, if I recall right) as a WR. But the fact that we can get so worked up over losing an almost pure ST guy shows how off our priorities have been for so many years — aside from the fact that any team that loses a game on 2 kickoff TDs by the same guy has ST trouble to start with. It’s like of like the clamor last year for “Ratty,” who’ll never be heard from again.

  19. By uncle joe on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Not sure why everyone here wants to draft a 5’11” WR with the 29th pick,you don’t draft a slot receiver with your first round pick. I see some mock draft have the Giants taking my boy Geno Atkins in the second round(he’s moving on up)I think the Colts take him at 31,we should take him! Anybody thinking maybe NT Cody at 29 or move back a little and take him,it’s gonna be a need soon!

  20. By JOHNNY on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY LET WALLACE WRIGHT LEAVE???????? WHAT IS TRADER MIKE THINKING? COME ON NOW??????? WE HAVE TO SIGN SOME MORE GUYS AND QUICK BEFORE THE SEASON IS LOST!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By Pete on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    29th pick… We should give Austin Miles ( dallas receiver ) a call. Dallas would get our 1st and 3rd rounders, then like MO 48 said, grab a saety in the 2nd round.
    Picking up a solid relief back like LT wouldnt hurt either.

  22. By Andrew Montemurro on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    It appears that the Jets are being very tight with their finances. Instead of giving Kerry away for a fourth and then a seventh why did they not trade him to the Cardinals for Boulin. They would have received a top notch receiver to compliment Edwards and Cotchery. I can only assume that they did not want to spend the money on the contract. It appears to be the same reason why they would rather keep a 29th first round pick instead of getting Brandon Marshall.

  23. By Vincent on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tanny – you should not have let W.Wright go. Considering we have Westoff (one of the best) our ST was dreadful in some games in 2009, the Miami game being a prime example. First Trusnik, then Izzo possibly set to retire due to injury, and now Wright…geez, soon we’ll have Sanchez, Rex and Westoff covering kick returns! Should’ve kept Wright and developed him for some Offensive work as well as ST.

  24. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Ray, I also copyed this from NFL.com ” Final Eight rules in general, they would limit all eight teams to signing one unrestricted free agent (a player with six or more years of NFL service) for each one of their own lost, and can only sign a new UFA to a salary similar to what the departing player gets, with limits on annual increases.” Who is our departing UFA that would let us sign someone?

  25. By Alain on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Ok guys let’s get serious now. Sign T-Rich for 1yr. Please sign TJ don’t mess up a good thing. Let Clemens go. Sign Jake Delhome. Let Eric S. & Jame I. battle the safety spot. We need a pass rusher!! ( Rich Seymour would be a good fit did Raiders tag him? ) and as an insurance policy sign LT because Leon W. may not be 100%.

  26. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I think now the we lost Wallace Wright we can go out & sign a free agent to a contract. From what I read it has to be equal value to Wrights contract.

  27. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Glad Ray & a few others explained to Spicer we can go after D-Sharper yep Revis Island Cromartie Land then there’Spicers world least we put the Sanchez thing to rest .. That being said we all have our opinions here’s mine we dumped Rhodes 41/2 million T-J 3.3 Million lito 10 million guessing 2 million+ for strickland at least 1 might B back WHATS THE PROBLEM? good business good moves in building a better team.. FYI Bloggers some1 will be available # 29 more then 29 good picks we’ll get one

  28. By Ray on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    To Jimmer, Alexander and Spicer, direct from the Saints web site. Note the word “ANY”:
    “The following Saints players are unrestricted free agents with six or more accrued seasons. Subject to the CBA’s “Final Eight Plan” rules, the players in this category may be signed by ANY club in the league until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first training camp, whichever is later), with no rights of any character held by the old club.”
    Sharper is on that list…

  29. By Ray on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    ….Now whether the Jets want to pursue him is another thing. After Rolle’s contract Sharper may be too rich for our blood. But if the price is right I would take him for one year. He’s obviously not a long term answer so someone younger might be what the Jets are looking for. And Ira, Wallace Wright got a fair chance every day in practice to show he could be an every down player. Much like Clowney, there is a reason these guys weren’t more involved….they weren’t good enough.

  30. By Ira on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Andrew,
    Kerry for a 4th and 7th in 011 is a good job done by Mr. T. Its hard to get say dollar for dollar value when it comes to trades in the NFL especially after a player has back to back suspect seasons. Naybe the Card wanted Kerry and a pick for Boldin and i wouldn’t have done it either.
    Johnny,
    Agree about Wright he only made 541,000.00 according to USA Today last year. I am not happy about the move but truth be told Mr. T always has a plan or two or three.GO JETS!!!!!

  31. By Kara on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy what is your take on Smith and Diggs? Who do you think has the edge to become the starter? I know Smith started some games last year. Diggs showed that he can be a play maker towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. SD game he had 5 tackles and a FF. In my opinion has a huge upside. Give me a little food for thought Randy, regarding the two.

  32. By JOHNNY on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST HEARD LEON IS HEADED TO THE 49’ERS!!! WE WILL GET THEIR 2ND ROUND PICK!!!!

  33. By Randy Lange on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Kara, Eric Smith has the experience so I’m sure he’s ahead at the moment. But there are a lot of moments between now and the season opener. James Ihedigbo packs a punch and is getting better. As GM Mike Tannenbaum said Monday, “One of the things that gave us comfort in the [Kerry Rhodes] trade was knowing those two guys are here.”

  34. By uncle joe on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Murrel visits New England AND Leon Washington visits San Fran

  35. By uncle joe on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    WR Bryant is visiting Washington,the article said that if the Redskins sign Bryant,Santana Moss could be released.Anybody want Moss as our #3 receiver?

  36. By Vincent on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    To “JOHNNY” you must be kidding about Leon???

  37. By Gary C on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Jet fans, stop whining about losing players to free agency. This is what the players wanted.every time I hear someone say they let go a guy whose jersey I bought I say the next time buy a jersey with double zero and just put on the back of it jet fan instead of a named player.

  38. By Vincent on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I heard that Leon is looking elsewhere, but that he hasn’t even been to the 49ers yet. Remember the Jets have the right to match any offer. Unless Tanny KNOWS that Leon’s injury will restrict him for his NFL career, the Jets would be crazy to let him go. No 2nd rounder can match a guy that was one of the best on the field in any position he played.

  39. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Mike The EX Jet Fan, Lets not go there okay you do not want me to bring up YOUR past!

  40. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Also from NFL.com – “The Saints will host NT Jamal Williams for free agent visit this week. After losing Scott Fujita, the Saints are finally able to sign a single free agent per the “Final Eight” rule.” So I read this as now that the Saints “1 of the final 8 teams lost a free agent” they can now go & sign 1 free agent to replace the 1 that they lost.

  41. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Checked this out, Johnny, and some guy who covers the 49ers in Santa Rosa wrote that he’s heard nothing on this on Leon and that “most teams…are leery of paying an above-market contract and also giving up a high pick” — and he might have added “for a seriously injured player who’s yet to step on the field again.” That said, guess I’ll incite rage here and say if the 49ers offered their 2nd pick for Leon, I’d take it. 6 picks would be great and I’d rather go for younger, bigger, healthy RBs.

  42. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Wow L-W to the 49ers if true surprising to say the least, but as I rethink this whole scenario the thought of having a #1 –2 picks in the second round a 4th 6th & 7th with a whole lot of talent coming out of college don’t be surprised if Mike -T doesn’t go get a #3 to complete the draft cycle .. I foresee a RB/FB Pass rusher TE & Receiver in this draft or maybe now with all the moves Mike moves up in the draft & pick up a monster Pass rusher receiver or RB, looking like it more & more each day

  43. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Like your post, Gary C., good ol’ Curt Flood unleashed this, so now the players get to go after big $ and teams get to change things around if their guys don’t win. And I keep liking your take on the draft, Mike Jet Vet. I love Leon, WW, and some of these guys as much as anybody, but when I picture names like Suh, Best, and others on Jets jerseys, somehow I’m okay with it. I want to see a Jets team on which MS is the young veteran leader, like Brady and Rivers, that team’ll win big for years!

  44. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    We can not sign a free agent until we lose 1. Not cut a guy like Jones or Lito so we do not have to pay there bonus or a guy like Strickland for performance. LOSE A GUY TO FREE AGENCY like if Feely signs with another team we can sign someone. Wallace Wright just signed with the Panthers NOW we can sign someone BUT with a “salary similar to what the departing player gets, with limits on annual increases” Unless I a reading this all wrong?

  45. By Row on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Just found out that Cromartie is a one hit wonder and we would have to re-sign him after next year. I don’t understand the moves. Wallace is gone, TJ, a starter on D.. Why create holes and further problems? Go Jets

  46. By MAUREEN on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Trade Kerry Rhodes for draft picks…? Stupid,stupid…

  47. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Spicer you make me blush but no need and thank you for noticing I
    am very proud of my past ..Ira I agree about Dearth like to have him back about W-W & Clowney much rather have traded one or the other instead of Stucky .Mike -T is really cleaning house ridding himself & the team of all the blemishes on the books for the uncapped year to come .I am worried he’s eliminating our best long snapper 1of our best ST’s players our best FG kicker all are collectively more important then any1 player

  48. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    SF Chronicle reports “the 49ers and Washington have been talking and the 49ers are interested.” Trying to figure this out, wonder if the Jets already suspect Leon’s not going to be fully ready this year and don’t want to wait, while he wants a multi-year deal from somebody, knowing he needs more time to get back to full strength? If that’s the case I get it from Leon’s point of view but as Daniel Craig just wrote on a Vikes site, why take an older RB with a broken leg if you can get, say, Best?

  49. By Jetsfan113 on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    are u kidding kerry rhodes was a beast he is not worth a 4th and 7th rounder. just cuz eric smith has expeience doesnt mean he is good.He is nothing compared to rhodes.Y arent u guys getting edwards back its not all about defence u also have to have an offence and it cant just be shonn greene.Jets need a #1 reciever and coles and cotchery arent that good.Try getting Marshall he would do very well on the jets.

  50. By Ray on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    To Spicer, Jimmer and Alexander, you guys are correct, I am wrong, we can’t sign Sharper. I read that stuff completely wrong. I guess my wishful thinking was getting the best of me….

  51. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Following the same thought as Mike Jet Vet & 1964 Tom, The Jets having a 1st, 2 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th round picks would not be bad at all. Leon wants a big contract that we are not going to give him & he may never be the same again. If the 49ers were to claim Leon 1 of our 2nd round picks is #13 which is a pretty early round pick. We could get a RB with 1 of those 3 early picks & with the other 2 picks just focus on the best guy out there not thinking about what spot he plays.

  52. By Art Brown on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t believe we would consider giving up on Leon Washington for a #2. How quickly we forget how well he was playing before the injury and we have no one who approaches him as a return man.

  53. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    2 things 1 IF we could sign a free agent with out losing 1 do you guys think for 1 second that trader Mike T would have not already signed 1? I dont I think we would have signed a guy the very 1st day. 2 I was looking at the draft order our 4th round pick for Rhodes is the Cards pick at #26 which is a little better than 29 our spot & our 5th round pick the Eagles pick is number 24 it helps a little I guess.

  54. By PAjetsfan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Are you kidding me? Giving away LW? If that happens Mike T better know what he’s doing in the draft pick and he better get a good quality RB rookie. I’d really prefer if there was some sort of alternate way Mike T could get a 2nd round pick without losing LW. SG will be fine, but still we need at least one veteran RB on the team. *sigh* if LW does go to the 49ers I just hope whoever we get in the 2nd round can fill his shoes. And I would have to spend another $80 on a new Jets jersey if he goes.

  55. By BriGuyinFL on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    We freed up a ton of money so far this offseason. I am interested in seeing what Mike T does. I give him a lot of credit for putting us in this position. I can see a blockbuster trade coming since we cannot sign restricted free agents and we have the $$$ to spend. Hope you all see what is really going on. We are making room for someone : )

  56. By Tom Spicer on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    A site I look at said the Lions & the Pats are looking at Leon not only would I take the 49ers 13th pick in the 2nd round for him. I would love to take the 1st (pats) or 2nd (Lions) pick in the 2nd round #’s 33 & 34 overall. Those are pretty much 1st round pick we could give our 1st for Marshall & still have # 33 or 34 & our own 2nd round pick that would be sweet.

  57. By Oscar Z. on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Randy, I’m off topic, but Profootballtalk.com has posted that Thomas Jones has just signed with the Kansas City Chiefs for 2yrs/$5 mill. Can you confirm this? I’m deeply sadden right now. =(

  58. By Gary C. on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    how is this for a jet draft,Best in round one, Kao Misi round two, Antonio Brown round three, Nate Allen round four. speed back, edge pass rusher, slot receiver and safety to take Rhodes place.Doesn’t answer all questions but does some.

  59. By Mr. Green on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s get on with the future. TJ signs 2 year $5 million contract. 2 years 1300 yards total.

  60. By Randy Lange on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Oscar Z., I can’t confirm the signing but I know the reports are out there and probably are correct. Eric Allen has a note at the end of his Radar entry on Antonio Cromartie regarding TJ and the Chiefs that we just posted on newyorkjets.com.

  61. By uncle joe on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Here we go with the Tannenbaum Bashers,Jones signed with KC for what he was gonna get here minus the Bonus.Nice job Jones,you just insured yourselfish self that you will never win a SuperBowl.The Leon thing is just to get a feel for what he is worth.At a 1st round tender no team would even look at him,the 2nd round tender allows Leon to gauge his worth so it is easier for us to negotiate a deal with him.Relax people,if he can play he will play here and only here!

  62. By shane on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Wow just waiting to see what tricks are up Mr T’s sleeve. Dunno about this RB issue. good luck in KC T.J.

  63. By J-Money on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Gibril Wilson Is free and is a really good safety. I think he would be a really good fit with the Jets, not to mention, he did his best work in this city with the team down the hallway.

  64. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Gary C., love that draft but I still think J-Co’s the slot guy — which is what he’ll become if we get Marshall and keep BE, and is that what you’re hinting at, BriGuyinFL? Mr. Green, I wish TJ well on his new cellar-dwelling team (an embarrassing shadow of the KC teams of my youth) but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if your guess on his numbers for that $5 mil turns out to be right.

  65. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I like L-W hate to lose him lets put it into perspective , unlike the old days kids coming out of college are trained by pros be4 leaving and reason why a much higher success rate entering the NFL ..They’re bigger stronger faster alaCris Brown S-Greene QB Flacco Ryan RB from atlanta RB Georga Vikes receivers Mayo on the Patsys I can go on it’s a new era ..Not kids anymore grown men that’s the future in this era of Cap & Uncapped seasons doesn’t take 2-3 years to develop rooks anymore

  66. By Howie D on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s see if I got this right, we were minutes away from the Superbowl and to improve and get there next season all we need to do is get better players than TJ, Rhodes, Wright, and possibly Leon. Right? That means we’re in the Superbowl, baby! Right? Right?

  67. By Mike Jet Vet on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Jets are courting B-Pool from the Browns 6-3 200+ I like his size to go along with 4 INTs last season add A-C 6-2 203 nice set of D-backs like I said Jets will be bigger faster stronger in 2010 ..can’t wait till April 22 ..Pass rusher at #1 RB & Receiver with both two’s then 3 other picks to fill the voids… I love LB Navarro Bowman from PSU replace V-G with this kid he can- cover -rush -the passer- stuff the run- he has it all (( PENN STATE Line backer University)) he gains 20LB’s DE/LB

  68. By Gary C on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    to jet fan since 64,tom you would not want edwards and marshall on same team. they would have sanchez pulling his hair out about which one should get more passes.slot receiver needs to be quick and elusive. Cotchery is more physical and possession type.

  69. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    uncle joe, I usually look to you for calm insight and mouth-watering menus, so I’m impressed with your frankness on TJ. For a bit more $, he’s chosen to go to a team where he may still be the 2nd back and has almost no shot of winning anything ever. THAT ALONE doesn’t speak well of him, by the way, but wait till KC fans get a look at his complete lack of lateral movement, as one poster mentioned. With the number of RBs in this draft, the Jets would have to be insane to pay TJ what he wanted.

  70. By Vincent on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    The reality about TJ is this: How much $$$ he makes now is of course relevant, but he must of let it get the better of him. Whether KC pay him $5mil and the Jets $4mil (for eg) the reality is that he will never wear a SB ring during his time at KC. Yes, $1mil is great but put in perspective of how much $$$ he already has and a SB ring, I thought the guy would have opted for history and the ring no one can ever take away. Good luck TJ, but I think you’ll regret choosing $$$ over NFL immortality.

  71. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Great post on TJ, Vincent. What I don’t get about all this leadership talk, no matter what TJ may have done in the locker room, is why he’d pick NOW to leave the Jets for…what, a few more $ when he’s already earned more than most folks will see in ten lifetimes? That’s why I suspect it had a lot more to do with playing time, with the Jets picking another RB and Leon back TJ might’ve basically ended up a reserve. Also telling that it’s KC that wanted him most or enough to offer that kind of $.

  72. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Forgot to thank you on the warning about Marshall and BE on the same team, Gary C. But if we had the guts to get AC, is it possible that Rex and the staff have some really good way of working with these kinds of guys? Also thanks for the good point on J-Co and the slot WR. In that case, it’s just that I’d love to see them at least try it with J-Co, his hands and sideline finesse are so awesome I wonder if he could make up for his lack of blazing speed. Plus we really need more deep threats.

  73. By JETS fan since 87 on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Heres what I think…..We need to resign Hartsock and Richardson. We led the league in rushing last year. They were key factors. You cant just pull someone off the practice squad to lead block for the team that led the league in rushing last year…..It is not unknown that we are very weak at the WR position. I believe Braylon Edwards will do great in the future cuse hes shown me a lot but I like Golden Tate in the draft and also the possibility of Coles.

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