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Rackers Will Visit with the Jets This Week

Posted by Eric Allen on April 5, 2010 – 3:27 pm

As one of the four clubs who participated in conference championship weekend, the Jets haven’t been able to sign any unrestricted free agents unless one of their UFAs agreed to a deal with another team. But now with K Jay Feely flying west to the Cardinals, the Green & White can jump into the UFA market and they have plans to host former Cards K Neil Rackers this week.

The 33-year-old Rackers, originally a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000, had a highly successful tenure in Arizona from 2003-09. Over the past two seasons, Rackers connected on 41 of his 45 field goal attempts for a 91 percent success rate. He suffered a groin injury late last season, missing two games and then making just one of his three postseason FG tries.

A career 78 percent kicker, Rackers established an NFL record in 2005 by connecting on 40 field goals. He not only connected on 95 percent of his FGs that Pro Bowl campaign, but he also added 22 touchbacks on his kickoffs and his 140 points set a franchise mark.

Known for a strong leg, Rackers hit twice from 55 yards and once from 50 in the Cardinals’ 25-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks on October 24, 2004. His three makes from 50-plus in a game tied Morten Andersen for the league record, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame got Rackers’ shoes after the booming performance.

The Jets also have veteran K Nick Folk on the roster.

After starting with seven UFAs, the Jets’ list now stands at four. TE Ben Hartsock and FB Tony Richardson re-signed with New York’s AFC representative, Feely joined the Cards, and LS James Dearth, DE Marques Douglas, LB Ryan Fowler and LB/ST Larry Izzo are still on the market.

Update: All Rackers-Jets talk became moot on Monday night when reports first came in that the kicker signed with the Houston Texans.

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33 Responses to “Rackers Will Visit with the Jets This Week”

  1. By John on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Rackers sure would beat Folk..

  2. By stephen on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply


  3. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Those 50-yarders and 22 touchbacks were almost 7 years ago, but him and Feely are the same age so this might work. Ya gotta still be impressed with his accuracy over the last 2 years.

  4. By Robert from H.P. on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    I truly feel the Jets made a BIG mistake not re-signing Feeley. He was a clutch
    kicker, a leader in the clubhouse, and handled the media very well. His presence will be missed – both on the filed and off…A BAD economic decision!!!

  5. By Jeremy on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Obviously much better than Folk, but someone still needs to explain not resigning Feely for a measly $300K and letting TJ go too, I’m all for the moves Woody & Mike T are making w/ Cromartie and LT, but what’s the deal with not paying veterans that not only are performing at top notch, but also great character guys. I can say how they impact the locker room, but I can’t imagine players take that kinda stuff lightly. Proven vets being released over chump change can’t sit well w/ others!

  6. By Ira on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Rackers has the edge over Feely. Sure he kicks indoors for at least 9 games a year. Well so did Feely for 4 yrs in Atl. Last year Feely had 10 TB while Rackers had 14. Rackers KO’s were returned for 20 yds per while Feelys were returned for 24 yds.. As long as Rackers can handle the Northeast weather he will be just as good if not a slight upgrade. Lets get him signed and sealed first. Remember what happened with Antoine Winfield.! GO JETS!!!!!

  7. By 37 year fan on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Ira , What do you mean we couldn’t use another tight end ? Sanchez needs more targets , let’s be honest with ourselves . Mr. T, and Woody, could pull another manuever on draft day. Why not? I see that we are talking about corners ? about safetys? … What ? We need to bolster our offense. We are short on recievers, running back position is sketchy ( except for Greene ). Will Leon be ready ? L.T.? anything left? we need another running back. And a 6′ 6″ all american TE?

  8. By 37 year fan on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, I forgot . We need a couple of killer linebackers in this draft too. You just can’t have too many linebackers . We gotta keep our secondry fresh .

  9. By JetsManiac4Life on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Ugh, unfortunately this isn’t happening. Neil Rackers just signed with the Houston Texans :-(

  10. By k.c on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    he actually signed with Houston already for i believe 4.1 a year or something close to that.

  11. By ken on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Feeley could kick effectively in harsh conditions in NJ.
    Who knows if Rackers will do as well?

  12. By Rob on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Well it’s not going to happen now.. since he’ll be in a texas uniform.

  13. By Charlie on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    ummm, didnt this guy make most of his kicks in a dome, or on the west coast? Not that those stats arent great from 5 yrs ago, but NY winds are not easy to deal with. Feeley was a great addition because of his experience in the Meadowlands. I swear, if we lose games because of these 2 throw away Im gonna defect…lol

  14. By Stephen on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Well that didn’t last long. The Houston Texans snagged him before he even got on the plane to come talk to us. Man, this Feely loss just keeps looking like a bigger and bigger blunder.

  15. By njdevil316 on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Rackers signed with Houston… Guess we’re stuck with a subpar kicker!!!

  16. By Ben on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like Texas got him

  17. By cpoled on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Rackers signed with Houston

  18. By Rickie New York on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    This is not a topic any longer – he signed with the texans today.

  19. By Arthur on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I liked Feely during the regular season, but he choked big time in the playoffs. He was a great team mate, but never had a strong enough leg on kickoffs. The starting field position for our opponents was always on their own thirty. Good luck and good bye. Bittersweet.

  20. By PurpleFlash on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Without knowing the inside specifics of the Jay Feely negotiations with the Jets, its hard to know where the fault lies, with Jay or with the Jets or neither or both. we know that the Jets made an offer, that Feely’s agent advised him that the offer “didn’t make sense” and for Jay not to sign it and we know that Jay followed the agents advice. So who was right. Don’t know cause we don’t know what the Jets offer or what Feeley was looking for, or if he got it with Arizona.

  21. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    A guy in USA Today just rated Best #3 in RBs in the draft, far ahead of several lesser-known names and right behind Spiller and Matthews. True, he describes Best exactly the way one might’ve described Leon a few years ago, if with a little more power. So it looks to me like if we think Leon’s making progress this spring we’ll stick with him as our situational RB, if not we might make a move to get Best. Of course, it would be easier to assess Leon’s progress if he trained at our facility…

  22. By Ira on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Until they sign nothing is guaranteed. Maybe this is better since Rackers said he has a better chance of beating out Brown then Folk. Is his confidence shot ? Or maybe the Northeast pushed him away. The 4.1 that Hou signed him for was very good money. They doubled his salary from last year.The Jets wouldn’t have paid him more then what the franchise tag of 1.8 is. Now on to plan B. Bring in Nugent or Stover to compete with Folk. Graham i wouldn’t want since he choked 2 X vs the Jets.

  23. By Ira on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the Jets find somebody coming out of college as an undrafted place kicker. The Fish did real well signing Dan Carpenter. OH BTW replaced Feely 2 years ago. Carrer he is 46-53 with a long of 52 for an 86.8% rate. Its still only April and Mr. T will get this place kicker hicup fixed.

  24. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    In a chess game as big as the NFL, there’s always a way to reframe it: 1st thing is we’re obviously not set at K ’cause we were talking to Rackers. 2nd thing is per Arthur, Feely’s kickoffs were a problem and it’s no mistake to fix that. 3rd per Arthur and in response to Ira, fact is every one of the vet kickers out there is available partly because they blew it in post-season, which is exactly when you have to get it done. 4th per Ira, it’s only April, we got Hartsock much later than that.

  25. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting mock draft for all rounds on the Gang Green site has us taking Odrick 1st, USC’s Williams 2nd, Stony Brook RB Conte Cuttino 6th, and Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffen 7th, whaddya you guys (and gals) think?

  26. By uncle joe on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Watching WR highlights on this sight,it’s overwhelmingly obvious that Damien Williams is hands down the best of the bunch.If we go WR he’s the man.Most sites say he’s got the best hands,best route running and most NFL ready,plus half those highlights have Sanchez throwing the ball.He would be able to step right in.Althow is DE Odrick is there,I would love to trade our 1 to Mangini for his 2 and 3 or his 2 and Chaunsy Stuckey!

  27. By Tom Spicer on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Rackers signed with the Texans

  28. By Zac on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I strongly think the Jets should consider trading to a top 10 pick to get safety Eric Berry if he is still around

  29. By Row on Apr 8, 2010 | Reply

    While I don’t think Berry is worthy of a first round draft pick, I do think we need an upgrade at Safety. For the amount of blitzing we do, there should have been about 3 times the interceptions we had last year. We also lack a hard hitting run-stopper which caused us to take on big runs up the middle. (FS) I think Diggs could be a fit, but we will see. JT had 3.5 sacks last year. Take a look at his stats last year; I am more then sure Gholston could have put up identical numbers! Go Jets

  30. By LONGSHOT on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply


  31. By Dpops99 on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    Never mind ist round. Sleeper late round Pick 3rd or 4th, we need another big target, Dinario Alexander, Missouri, Just watch the highlights and look at the stats.

  32. By punchie on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    “Row” you probably havent even watched any tape of brodney pool so dont talk so much jive We all know kerry rhodes was to worried he would break a nail last season.but that doesnt mean you should think brodney is a cat aswell and jim leonhard that dude just seems to show up wherever the ball is all the time .I just cant see how you could say we should have had 3 times asmany ints.I think you`ve have been playing too much madden.he`s comeing from the browns but they had mangeni coaching them LOL

  33. By Row on Apr 9, 2010 | Reply

    Punchie, in the ENTIRE SEASON Jim Leonhard had 1 interception and 5 passes defended. Rhodes as a part time player had 3 picks.. That is unacceptable at safety for a team that blitzes as much as we do. I am more then sure Rex feels the same way!

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