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Reports: Brad Smith to Become a Buffalo Bill

Posted by Eric Allen on July 28, 2011 – 6:30 pm

After the Jets reportedly came to terms with two of their own unrestricted free agents — WR Santonio Holmes and T Wayne Hunter — this week, numerous media outlets reported Thursday that UFA Brad Smith is set to join the Buffalo Bills. While clubs have been able to negotiate or extend offer sheets to UFAs, RFAs and non-exclusive franchise players, they won’t be able to officially sign those eligible players until Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Smith , a fourth-round pick from Missouri in 2006, finished second in the NFL last season with a 28.6-yard kick-return average and scored on two returns. Used in the “Seminole” formation, he also rushed for a career-high 299 yards on his 38 carries. Listed as a wide receiver, Smith had a personal-best 32 catches in 2007, then combined for just 11 receptions over the past two seasons.

If Smith does sign with the Jets’ division rival, there will be a vacancy at kickoff returner. Running back Joe McKnight, a second-year player from USC, and rookie wideout Jeremy Kerley, who averaged 27.2 yards on 37 kickoff returns at TCU, may be candidates to fill the role. Dwight Lowery has some collegiate return experience as well and there is still plenty of time before the regular season kicks off on Sept. 11.

The Jets are fortunate to have one of the top special teams coordinators in pro football history and Mike Westhoff seems to excel no matter whose name — Smith, (Leon) Washington, (Justin) Miller, (Craig) Yeast, (Chad) Morton — is on the back of the uniform. You should also consider the NFL has moved up kickoffs from the 30 to the 35-yard line and Westhoff estimates that approximately 40 percent of kicks will result in touchbacks.

Smith was a versatile weapon, but his snaps at quarterback meant the ball was coming out of Mark Sanchez’s hands. Rex Ryan has already anointed the franchise signalcaller as one of his team captains and said the Jets would be Sanchez’s team in 2011.

Meanwhile the Nnamdi Asomugha watch continues. NFL.com reported Thursday that “the Houston Texans appear to be the leaders” for the free agent cornerback. The same website has also stated that “the Jets are serious negotiations with Asomugha.”

But we remind everyone here this evening that the Jets haven’t confirmed any free agency developments and that they — and all 31 other clubs — won’t be able to sign UFAs, RFAs and non-exclusive franchise players until Friday. Further, players who sign contracts with new teams won’t be able to practice with those teams until the start of the league year on Thursday, Aug. 4.


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61 Responses to “Reports: Brad Smith to Become a Buffalo Bill”

  1. By scjoe on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you EA on Westhoff’s status as a great ST coach, but many of those KRs that lined up for the Jets over the past few years (Washington, Morton, Miller) had another thing going for them, great speed. That helps. But I also agree that kick returns under the new CBA rules, or rule changes in general, will diminish the roll of most KRs anyway. Now all we need is a kicker who can consistently get the ball in to the EZ with the rule change. Now, can you tell me EA exactly what the compensation will be for both Clemens and B Smith given the fact both were restricted FAs?

  2. By Walt on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    i think we should forget about Asomuggha and sign edwards and cromartie.We can Probably sign the two of them for what it would cost to sign asomuggha. The big plus is edwards and cromartie are familiar with the jets system and plays.with the short time we have to prepare that is a big plus.

  3. By Tom Spicer on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Pats have added Al Haynesworth & now have a D line of NT Vince Worfolk & DE’S Al Hanyenesworth & Ty Warren. Who is on our D line? They also have added Ocho Cinco & now have a core of WR Welker, Ocho & Branch. With TE’S Hernandez & Gradkowski. Thats 5 good pass catchers how many do we have? This is not good.

  4. By Kranzer on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    JETS NEED TO SIGN BRAYLON EDWARDS! WE REALLY NEED TO GET THAT DONE! J E T S JETS JETS JETS!

  5. By Jet Fan Since '65 on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Terrible news if true. Smith was an extremely valuable member of the team.

  6. By travis morris on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hate to see Brad go. He was a great dimension to our team. Wish we could have kept him. But with the new rules it screws us. We have to get Asomuga to make sure we shut down New England with their new WR. We will dominate them. But this addition will put the nail in the coffen.

  7. By uncle joe on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    DEAD WEIGHT, fun to watch but,honestly not worth a roster spot,,,although now he would be allowed to come in with Sanchez on the bench for a play but,never a threat to throw,good teams stopped him.

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    “Smith was a versatile weapon but his snaps at QB meant the ball was coming out of Sanchez’s hands” — man, did it ever take a long time for THAT to become official! You know how I feel about Schotty but I’ll give him an out based on the one time he told stories out of school. (He’s a class act in terms of the press, that’s for sure.) Last yr, he briefly let slip his frustration that all he heard from Rex on O was “Brad Smith, Brad Smith.” Wouldn’t be surprised if Rex’s limited skill on O has held Schotty back from what he really wants to do with MS, SH, BE, J-Co, DK, etc. and it’s interesting Schotty scouted Kerley personally. With Smith gone, maybe now we get the kind of O you need to win big in what folks are calling the pass-first NFL.

  9. By uncle joe on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    It troubles me that Not One Jet said it would be nice to get Crow & Edwards back,2 players I LOVE. I think if we go into the season with the same cast as last year,we are a leg up on most teams and 25 minutes from the Supe.That said,critics say we have NO pass rush,ask Brady what we have plus the 700 lbs we added in the draft,Asum & Braylon AND Westermann and lets DO THIS!!!

  10. By uncle joe on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I also want My Boyz Back,,,E.Smith,Coleman and Ihegabo,,,,Brad Smith, Good Luck in Buffalo,,,Really? Nice career move!!!

  11. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Big Bill and his Pats are stumbling or maybe fumbling in the dark, I can’t recall anything like it from them. Ocho and Haynesworth are HAS-BEENS, I’ll bet you right now neither of them do very much especially against us. It’s very hard to believe Fat Albert wouldn’t have been on our radar for such a lowly pick 2 yrs off if he had all that much left. As for Ocho, here we are griping about we haven’t signed Edwards and are considering Moss. Well, how’d you like to lose out on both of those guys and sign Ocho? Signing him shows the Pats know they’re weak at WR and maybe also that they have cap problems. Why wouldn’t they have made a big push for the younger, much better BE? They also have little going on at RB, all those draft picks later.

  12. By Dug on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wish you well when you’re not playing The Jets Brad. You were a pleasure to watch.

  13. By Hans on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Texans are pretty much bowing out of the Asomugha race since they signed another corner. He’s ours ripe for the picking. I honestly hope sanchez would be willing to turn some of his salary into bonuses like he said he was willing to for Tone. man this is gonna be an awesome year.

  14. By dave on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    This is a travesty. Better keep Edwards- he was the best receiver out there last season!
    Shottenheimer won’t have Smith to bail him out anymore…

  15. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    5 years, $63.5 mil, $21 mil guaranteed for KEVIN KOLB?!?! A better deal than Sanchez got coming out of college from a team that can’t remotely afford it for a QB who’s never started more than 3 games in a row in the pros? Now THAT’S overpaying, my friends!

  16. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s call it “For Love of Rex and the Jets’ Chances of Winning a SB” theory and let’s mark Edwards as Exhibit A. I wouldn’t be surprised if after his ill-advised tweet yesterday — the one he quickly pulled and for which he subbed a nicer one about loving the Green and White — somebody, maybe at Florham Park, told him if he wants to start acting out while waiting a few days for Aso he’ll get the same offer Smith got. But I’ll be very surprised if Edwards signs with anybody else before the weekend and he would be smart not to. Whether we get Aso or not, we’ve got a lot better chance of winning the SB this yr than most teams that might go after BE now that the Pats signed Ocho, and I doubt he wants to start over with a new QB again.

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to hear 49ers’ Crabtree out 4-6 wks, opponents’ injuries aren’t to be celebrated. That said, this favors us for Aso. 49ers have QB issues, Gore may hold out, and now they need another WR. (They’re talking to Floyd.) Don’t really know why Aso, already 30, would want to spend his next yr on a team in that kind of shape in August. Signing a WR of Floyd’s caliber will take real $, too, making it harder for the 49ers to pay Aso a king’s ransom if that’s what he’s after. Cimini now saying we’re the favorites for Aso and that a deal might even be wrapped up today. I still side with the Ira position that while it would be nice to spend that $ on more than one player, it’s very hard to complain about picking up the other best CB in the league.

  18. By IRA on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Like i wrote on an earlier post only the very best for my man Mizzou. Funny that he threw a TD in Buffalo last year and now he is a Bill.
    I think Kerley will be fine and is a more polished WR than Mizzou is.
    And yes players thrive in Westhoff’s system as proof of the players EA listed above.
    Still with all this Asomugha talk and it sure is exciting i think i would not put all my eggs in one basket. I would rather have signed 4 quality players including Edwards and Cro/Joseph and possibly a 3-4 OLB pass rusher than invest in a luxury CB.
    Only time will tell how this all works out.

  19. By IRA on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    After they sign Asomugha one thing is certain their INT total will surely increase from a real low amount of 12 last year during the regular season. And another very positive thing is Wilson can only get better practicing with these two stud CB’s all season. This is going to be a fascinating thing to watch how they play coverage this year.
    First thing first lets get him to sign the contract first.

  20. By kw65Fan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Well, forget about the Texans for Aso….they just signed the CB from Cincy…Johnson I think his name is. Looks like we will be front runners…unless Dallas comes in with all the people they dropped and currently re-doing contracts to get more cap space. Hopefully today is the day, we get him or not. If not….get the signatures Mr. T of Braylon, E. Smith, Digs and Poole. Then maybe Cro…I just know he is going to be a problem when he gets his 4-5 year contract…with anybody. Big mouth..ME..ME..ME..ME personality.

  21. By wayne on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    With a full stable of targets, MS routinely shows an inability to find the open man. He’s gonna lose 2 of them and get better? Why, because of the C on his chest this year? You better find him some targets or a hospital bed.He won’t get past the NE games. Because if fat Albert is anything near what he should be, he makes the rest of that Pats line that was depleted last yr due to injury much much better. Chad on a bad team with poor QB play had comparable #s to Braylon. If Moss ends up back in NE and not on the Jets, checkmate…….NO press release championship, no division championship, no SB……NO MATTER WHAT REX PROMISES…………….Asomugha can start his acting classes with Kerry Rhodes……fiddle while….

  22. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Tom 64, To answer your question from a earlier post. “When does doing nothing for 24 hours become waiting around” It becomes waiting around when you lose Brad Smith because you dont even make him a offer & tell him you are waiting to hear from Asomugha. Read todays New York Post page 88 & 89 “Multiple agents have said the Jets are in a holding pattern waiting for a answer from Asomugha” They are doing nothing with other players until they hear from him. This could wind up costing them as other players go off the board. Like last night Joseph signed with the Texans now if we dont get Asomugha we will have to give Cromartie the world & beg him to come back.

  23. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Waiting around is when the Pats a 14 & 2 team have signed a all pro D lineman & a great WR & have lost no good players & you are down 2 good players from last year (Cromartie & Braylon)

  24. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Waiting around is when you could have signed Cromartie for 8 mil per year for 5 years or 40 mil total. Than moved on to other things instead we sat on our hands waiting for Asomuhga & now the Texans signed Joseph so not only is another good corner off the market. But now the market is set Joseph got $9,750,000 per year the waiting just slapped you in the face. NOW Cromartie is better than Joseph & do you think fo rone second that Cromartie will take a penny less then $10 per year you are nuts. So now we have to overpay for Cromartie & we already overpayed for Holmes. So after we give that $10 mil per year to Cromartie 100% you can kiss Braylon goodbye. LIKE I SAID WAITING AROUND!

  25. By Frankie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Brad you have been great with us and will be truly missed!!! Hope you do well in Buffalo besides 2 games of the year!!

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jets releasing Brunell, CB Billingsley, G Davis? What does this mean? Need another mil for Aso? So much for McElroy not making the team with both Brunell and Clemens now gone. “Can’t wait!” to hear what’s behind all this…

  27. By WALT on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I just heard that the texans signed cornerback jonathon joseph for 10 million a year so it looks like osi is ours along with his inflated price tag.Ihope this guy is worth it.

  28. By IRA on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Aso gets about 5 years for 60-65 and 32 guaranteed. Its a good deal but i want to see at what expense for the rest of the team.
    Plus if you don’t think Revis isn’t going to piggyback off of this and want a new deal next year you are only kidding yourselves.

  29. By wayne on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Master T is in too deep, having lost hype wars to NE. The difference betw Asomugha and Cromartie is incremental, makes this an overreach. Definitely not doing MS a solid. I’d bet he’d give up his C for some wideouts……………………..While you’re at it Master T, you might want to start finding out if Osi is available…..I understand #85 doesn’t fit what Jets need, but so far you have not added to this roster. The NE Patriots have fortified theirs…… …………..In too deep, have to get Asomugha……Ugh, that name

  30. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, I don’t believe the Jets were interested in Smith or are in Cro at any price. The key fact that you ignore is that every CB out there is a better tackler than Cro. He played well in some coverages but the challenge for him was to become the kind of physical corner Revis is and Aso is, and he didn’t. Just heard 49ers are out for Aso, who’d be nuts to pick DAL and ROB Ryan over the Jets and REX Ryan! As for NE, Welker’s hugely overrated, slower since his injury, and Ocho and Branch are over the hill. I’m not scared of them. As for Edwards, same as Aso, if he can’t wait another day without picking the Vikes over us fine, let’s see how well he does with McNabb throwing. Haynesworth is done, that the Pats got him for nothing says it all.

  31. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’d rather have great CBs now and worry about them re-upping later, Ira, than not have great CBs. Besides, you’re pre-empting the whole year by predicting already that Revis will want a new contract next year. A lot could happen this year, like us winning the Super Bowl armed with that kind of defense.

  32. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, O’Connell gone too, who as Cimini notes is coming off shoulder surgery. Don’t tell ME Mr. T’s not ready to wheel and deal! So we either get Brunell back for almost nothing or we pick up somebody like Jake Delhomme or David Carr and groom McElroy from the 3rd QB spot. Works for me…

  33. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    SCjoe, To answer your question under the old CBA we would have got something for Brad Smith but under the new one he is a unrestricted free agent & we get nothing. That was part of the reason for the urgency of siging Holmes under the old deal we would have got a 1st & a 3rd round pick if he left. Under the new deal if he had left we would have gotten nothing.

  34. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    If the Jets do not get Asohmuga at this point they are going to have big time egg on there face.

  35. By kk on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    You gotta love Mike T’s tenaciouness but Rome is burning while we wait for this guy to make up his mind. Let’s move on and get the players we need to take that last step. For the money they would have to pay for Nmandi whi by the way is 30 they can bring back a few of their own. Right now they have no safties, they need line help they need at least one more receiver, a punter etc. In the meantime we wait for this guy, it just sounds like he’s playin’ the Jets looking for a better deal somewhere else. I guess he can’t live on 10-12 million a year give me a break!!!

  36. By GaryC on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, if ocho and haynesworth are has beens, then what was jason taylor and trevor pryce,see you can take chances like the patriots are doing when you pile up draft picks, something the jet regime hasn’t learned yet.If we get your man namdi we will have what we had last year,two shutdown corners, as we were told.still no pass rush,slow linebackers who can’t cover,just like last year and just like last year no super bowl.you cannot doubt an organization that has won 3 super bowls,sometimes fans jealousy on this site is too much.

  37. By Christopher on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, if we don’t get Asohmuga, and I kinda hope we do not, then we can sign Edwards, I still think they let Cro go and bring back Elam instead.

  38. By scjoe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think it will come down to signing BE and Cro, OR Asomugha and Moss. I would have loved to see Edwards back, but I think the combination of Aso and Moss is a definite upgrade all around. DR and Aso would give us the best CB combo in the league, but not the best secondary, the safety position still has to be addressed.64, I said it before and I will say it again,Bulger is the guy they need to sign. A unit of MS, Bulger and McElroy is by far the best way to go. I don’t think Bulger would command that much more then Brunell, who is a disaster waiting to happen should he have to step in.

  39. By scjoe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, should Asomugha sign for 12-14 anywhere, Revis will want a new contract next year, that is the nature of the beast, so, why not let that 12-14 come with the Jets?

  40. By Ed in Tucson on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    “Asomugha will choose between Jets, Cowboys” Huh? How did the Boys get into this? Is Rob messing with Rex? Rob coached Aso in Oakland, let’s get this deal done or move on. I’d love to see a twin islands D but we have to do it or get off the pot.

  41. By GaryC on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    the good ship rexy lollipop is leaving port,ray edwards, barrett ruud,clint sessions,zach miller are still waiting for a lifeline while namdi makes up his mind.

  42. By matt on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cmon JETS we need ellis pool and edwards back please i dig the Nhandi thing but we need depth too and we need JETS what up with eric smith and some ol line and harris long term deal and rookie signings im patient BUT other team are signing up a storm there some good LBS out there too whats good we dont need stars we need a team I tired of my cousin and his G- Aints. where is are FS

  43. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, Taylor was a has-been and Pryce was a never-was, we were hoping to get the best we could out of them and we did. If you wanna see who Rex REALLY wants, keep your eye on Aso. Just ’cause the Pats won 3 SBs don’t mean they’ll always be great, or have you never heard of the Oakland Raiders? And if it makes you feel better, we’re losing Weatherford. I don’t get the four-day panic, if you think Mr. T’s gonna sign Aso for a fortune and address no other needs, you’re dreaming. And kk, the safeties we have are nothin’ special, we could keep Lowery, lose Leonhard, Smith, and Pool, get new ones and we’d be fine. Harris and Edwards have waited a long time to be on a team this close, they’re not gonna jump ship now over a matter of a few days.

  44. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ed, Schefter says it’s a rumor that the Cowboys are after Aso and that they’re actually not in it. scjoe, the minute I posted Delhomme and Carr I thought, “Uh-oh, I forgot Bulger and scjoe’s gonna be on me for that.” I think he’d be fine, at least as good as Brunell. I don’t think some of you guys are gettin’ it about Cro, he didn’t turn into the kind of D guy Rex likes and he showed no gratitude for that advance so he’s out. No way the Jets beg him to come back if they don’t get Aso. GaryC, I love Miller but another TE is way down the list of our needs, especially before we get WR set. Asking LT to take less $ shows, as I’ve been saying since TJ, Leon, Faneca, etc. that this team ain’t the least bit sentimental when it comes to upgrading.

  45. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jets managment KNOCK KNOCK WAKE UP free agency has started. News flash Ray Edwards from the Vikes just signed with the Falcons I guess we can not use a 26 year old 6’5 265 lb guy who has had 16 1/2 sacks over the last 2 years. The Jets dont need a pass rusher & they got him for $6 mil per year meanwhile we are going to pay $14 mil per year to a corner? When we already have the best one in football? We could have gotten rid of Bryan Thomas & he could have been our starting OLB. Him & Pace would have been a nice combo. If we cut Thomas with his $3 mil & add the $14 mil we are going to have to give Asomuhga we could have signed Edwards for $6 mil, $8 mil to Cromartie & still had $3 mil to give to Moss with incentives. Hey but what do I know?

  46. By GaryC on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I am not saying the pats will always be great, even the packers declined after lombardi,but you now are saying that rex took a flyer on taylor and pryce and hoping for good things,nice convenient thinking,I don’t think rex was saying that last year,maybe more like I had pryce at baltimore and I know what he can do and with taylor,that guy could always rush the passer and we look for more of the same.

  47. By Frankie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    you guys are crazy to not want to sign Nnamdi. I can’t wait for him to be a Jet. Jets had no intention of keeping Braylon which is sad because i love Holmes/Edwards combo but we can get a cheaper version of Edwards to fill his spot. However we can not get another Nnamdi. Plus if the Wilkerson can step in right away and we sign Ellis back are defense will go down in history!! You can’t throw on us plus with the skills of DR/NA we can stack the box so try to run!! J-E-T-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    There’s what Rex says and there’s what I say, GaryC, and in many cases they’re different. Taylor and Pryce when we got ‘em was clearly just us hoping for the best, though I don’t expect Rex to say that. Aside from making fun of McKnight last yr, he’s never said a bad word about anyone on the roster yet, he just cuts them unexpectedly. Spicer, you wanna talk about team priorities as opposed to just Aso, that’s different, I woulda liked to get Ray Edwards too, but you know how Rex is about CBs. Funny how my complaints about Rex’s limited O skills sometimes draw flack but now you guys are criticizing his priorities on D. But I still don’t think you guys are gettin’ it that Cro’s not a Rex-type CB and they’re not gonna re-sign him at any price.

  49. By Tom Spicer on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I understand the Jets are waiting to see what Asohmugha does before they address the Cromartie & Braylon / WR situation. But how about doing some small household items before we lose some good glue guys? Like sign Smith or Pool or Ihedebo so we have more than one saftey on the roster. Is that asking to much? How about sign Ellis to a one year deal & let him get one more shot at a title while he grooms our young D linemen? A rotation of Ellis with Devito as his backup at DE & Pouha & Kendrick Ellis splitting time at NT with Wilkerson & Raptoli at the other DE spot aint half bad. Hey but what do I know?

  50. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, every single guy you just mentioned except arguably Cro — now that he’s opened his big, ungrateful mouth — has every reason to wait another day or so to see where they fit in the Jets plans. I’ve never worked for a football team but from what I do know about corporations, I think if Smith, Pool, or Digs even tried to place a call to Mr. T today, they’d get laughed out of Florham Park. Cimini just reported we’re interested in James Jones and you guys might remember me saying that Jones, Jackson, and Floyd would be on our list. Not sure any of them would be cheaper than BE, though. I expect a couple of new guys to sign with us the minute the Aso thing is resolved one way or another, anything less from Mr. T would be shocking.

  51. By davetharave on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Walt is right, better that we sign the guys we already have. With the revolving door of personnel these guys can’t all get on the same page. Stability is much more important than whether or not some guy brings a marginal bit more talent to the table.

  52. By scjoe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, calm down, have a little faith in Tanny/Rex they will make the right decisions. Remember, if they sign Aso they will have signed the two top FAs available. There will be depth all around, and if you were to evaluate talent team to team you wont find more then 3 or 4 teams that would match the Jets talent for talent. That said, there are two areas I am looking to upgrade, back up QB and kicker/punter, neither are critical, but do need to be addressed. There are a dozen guys available out there who would be great signings, but we have to be realistic.

  53. By wayne on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I going to assume that we’re not hearing about any other deals by this team because they already have a couple in place already. For instance the Moss deal may already be done and maybe even Braylon. Because if nothing else has been put in motion, then this one is a big misstep by Tannenbaum. If the other dominoes fall shortly after the you know who deal then ok. If not, then there is some major catching up to do and additional reaches…..Jets are taking on a 14 – 2 team. Hanging to last year’s playoff game and thinking that means Jets are now ahead of Pats is a huge mistake…..Chad Johnson is still a top flight talent and Haynesworth is still a monster. Pooh pooh him all you want. Bill Belichick always gets these types of moves right

  54. By Walt on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I do not like how this osi character is playing us.Last I heard football is a team sport.We do not need this dude.Adding Dallas to the mix was a classless ploy. We do not need to be played by this dude we have other CBs on the roster.I wish Jet management would show a little pride instead of playing games with this dude.

  55. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    davetharave, Aso’s edge over Cro is far from marginal, it’s majorly huge. scjoe, a back-up QB like Bulger, Delhomme, Carr, or Anderson can be gotten very cheaply and that’s if this isn’t just about asking Brunell to take less $, which it seems to be. I don’t know if it’s true that Akers is looking to hang it up, otherwise I’d be baffled that we’re not going after him. I have a feeling Conley or someone else will do fine in place of Weatherford. If I remember right, Weatherford had some bad games last yr when it counted most, down the stretch and in the playoffs. Just like the yr before with Feely’s miss vs. IND, I get the feeling that Rex isn’t forgiving with kickers who miss in the clutch. Though you gotta wonder how Folk’s getting over…

  56. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll agree with you this far, Walt: Since the Favre deal, the Jets seems to have decided problem children will be tolerated if they score out highly enough on the talent level. Favre, Holmes, Edwards, Cro, begging Revis to sign, and now, like you say, bending over backwards to rework other players’ deals to afford this guy, if that’s really what’s going on, totally unprecedented. Yet it also seems unlikely that any of this could be happening if Rex wasn’t 1000% behind it, given what we know about him and CBs. Anyway, wayne, it’s really hard to believe that Mr. T could be focusing on just this one guy, which would be a big mistake as you say. Re Jones over Edwards, maybe they’re just tired of worrying what BE will do off the field next.

  57. By Christopher on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rich and Adam are both saying Jets are out of Nnamdi sweepstakes….good now go sign Braylon and Cro.

  58. By scjoe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    64, As of this morning both Shayne Graham (NE 2010) and Sepulveda (P- Pitt 2010) are still available. Both would be upgrades to what we had last season and shouldn’t cost to much more then most P- PKs would be to sign. I hope they pounce on at least one of these guys soon. Otherwise, bring in a couple of the top college guys to compete, they simply can not be any worse then last years group we had.

  59. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    For the Jets to drop out on Aso after all this time almost has to mean the guy is only about $, in which case I understand why he’s been with OAK for 8 yrs, i.e. he thinks like a loser so he ends up on one. The three teams he’s apparently still talking to are all losers, if all slowly improving, and that includes DAL,which could be worse than last yr if Romo doesn’t step it up. It will be very interesting to see who Mr. T goes after now with this extra money they got out of all these guys’ contracts. I still don’t think they’re that high on Cro. scjoe, I’ll try out any of those Ps and Ks you mention because I agree, Folk and to a lesser extent Weatherford’s inconsistencies are nerve-wracking.

  60. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Okay, this is an easy one to get over in my view. First of all, 5 yrs/$60 mil/$25 mil guaranteed is WAY too much for a 30-yr-old CB. The guy could be done in 3 yrs, I assumed the Jets were looking to sign him for 2 or 3 yrs at most. Revis was 25 when he got his big deal, at least that made sense in terms of his age. Second, as Cimini speculates, does this mean Asante Samuel could be on the block? He does one thing that no one else in our secondary seems to know how to do, which is intercept passes, plus he’s the same 30 that Aso is. I have to say that when this started out as just going for a great, expensive player, I was for it. As it turned into taking up a collection this morning to sign him, it started to turn me off. Let’s move on.

  61. By Dre on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    At this point I’D settle for Deion Sanders suiting up for us. A. Samuel is to me the same player as cro , so whoever comes cheaper I’m in. Get another reciever ( Edwards-Jones-Floyd ) whoever even Moss at this point. With time comes other options of teams and higher price tags with borrowed money. Wonder if Don Maynard has another run in him ? :)

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