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Mar
18
2009

Match Game: Jets Retain Elam

It was the smart move.

The Jets matched the Cleveland Browns' one-year, $1.5 million offer for safety Abram Elam.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Eric Mangini!

I was hopeful that the Jets would make the move to bring Elam back.  He's still a bit raw, but I think he could flourish in Rex Ryan's new defensive scheme.  Elam is a hard hitter and a playmaker.  His 92-yard interception return for a touchdown helped the Jets down the Bills in Buffalo in November and his strip-sack of J.P. Losman led to Shaun Ellis' 11-yard touchdown return that shocked the Bills at the Meadowlands in December.

Good times.

The re-signing of Elam may mean that safety Eric Smith no longer fits into the team's plans.  The old coaching regime was high on Smith, but he never really fulfilled his potential as Gang Green's third-round draft choice in 2006.  Smith also battled through multiple concussions last season following his hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin in September.  With newly signed Jim Leonhard penciled in as the starter and talk of switching cornerback Dwight Lowery to safety next season, Smith could be the odd man out.

In other news, running back Thomas Jones was absent from the team's "non-mandatory" offseason conditioning program for the second straight day.  It looks like TJ is angling to renegotate his contract.  Jones will enter the third year of his four-year, $20 million deal this season, but his base pay will be $900,000.

I have no problem (in theory) with football players wanting more cash.  Teams can cut guys loose at the drop of a hat without handing over a dime, but this situation is a bit tricky.  The Jets are going to go with inexperience at the quarterback position in 2009 (for now) and will need to rely on a solid running attack to move the football.  Right now, TJ and Leon Washington are the only two guys at their disposal.

The Jets allowed disgruntled wide receiver Laveranues Coles to walk after they refused to renegotate his contract.  Ryan supposedly has a policy against renegotiating veteran contracts, which is strange since he has yet to coach an NFL game, but that may be what Jones is after.  This could turn into a dangerous game of chicken.

Not exactly what I had in mind this early in the offseason.
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10 Comments
[March 25, 2009 6:49 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Phil said

Do I detect a little resentment towards Mangini?

[March 25, 2009 9:50 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Nah. I got nothing against the Fat Man. I just don't want him sniffing around where he doesn't belong!

[March 25, 2009 11:23 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Phil said

Hey man, you got every right to feel resentment towards the Sopranos star. He stinks....for now, anyway. If he takes the Browns to the playoffs, I'll eat those words.

[March 26, 2009 9:52 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

I really don't resent Mangini. He was put in a tough spot last season with Favre and he didn't handle it well in the end. I don't wish him any specific harm. It's too bad the Jets don't play the Browns this season, though.

[March 26, 2009 12:09 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Phil said

I see your point. I think Favre coming created a total mess.

[March 26, 2009 1:11 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

The Jets gambled and lost with that last year. Hopefully, the hiring of Rex Ryan will make that disappointment worthwhile.

[March 26, 2009 3:57 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Phil said

Just hearing Rex Ryan speak a few times, I think I like him. He's a great big, burly, b......

[March 26, 2009 4:52 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

astard ...

[March 27, 2009 6:44 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Phil said

Good one. You completed what was in me gulliver.

[March 27, 2009 11:02 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Hey! Who loves you more than I do?






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