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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bloodbath in the Meadowlands

The New York Jets today announced that they have cut ties with several players including Ty Law, Jason Fabini, Jay Feidler and Jerald Sowell. They have also announced that they have re-structured the contract of Hall of Fame bound running back Curtis Martin. They also cut Barry Gardner, Giant disappointment Lance Legree and Hank Williams Jr., oops I mean Harry Williams Jr. Or whatever his name is.

All in all, these moves were not particularly surprising. Joe does not like the Sowell or Feidler moves. I don't understand why it was a given that Feidler had to be gone (he can certainly be a spot starter in this league) but I can live with Sowell's release. I think the Jets spent the second half of last season training second year player BJ Askew for this role. Askew can block and he can catch out of the backfield; both key components in the Jet offensive scheme. As for Law, the Patriots can have him and his penchant for taking huge illegal contact penalties in crunch time. I'll take Justin Miller and his learning curve. It's going to be a rough season anyway.

Negotiations continue with Chad Pennington and the staredown will probably continue until the very last minute. Perhaps the Jets rushed to cut their players to show Pennington how serious they are about shaping the future. I have a soft spot for Pennington. I hope he takes a cut and I hope he comes back and can start for the Jets at some point. I like his toughness (not to be confused with his fragility) and I think he is a good leader (though the fact that he got thrown under the bus by one of his linemen speaks against that).

In other sports news, the Knicks traded athletic but offensively challenged Trevor Ariza and the corpse of Penny Hardaway for Stevie Franchise. I have to think this through more carefully, but it strikes me that the Knicks now have unabashed gunners at the 1, 2, 3 and 5. All they need to do is trade for a ball hawking power forward, play the game with five balls at once and they will be jamming once again.


  • Cutting Sowell saves almost nothing on the cap.

    I agree that Askew must be given a chance. But I fail to understand the basis for your statement that "Askew can block and he can catch out of the backfield." In three NFL seasons, Askew has a total of 3 receptions. He has been on the field so little that it's impossible to know what his blocking skills are.

    There is some confusion regarding how much cutting Fiedler saves under the cap. Some reports say around a million, others claim it's $4 million. If the latter number is accurate, the move was the right one.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:43 PM  

  • I am surprised to hear that number from Askew. He seemed to get more playing time than 3 receptions worth. I guess I remember all three receptions then.

    Yes - if Feidler saves 4 million, it is clearly the right move.

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:57 PM  

  • Hate to break up the party boys but the jets are terrible and are going to continue to be so until they reallyrevamp that lineup.

    Elster, why are you so blinded by pennington? What has he ever really done in the pros to warrant such lyalty? You are blinded by the potential he had coming out of college. He is damaged goods and he won't everget back to the point of what he could/might have been.

    And hte knicks? It pains me to say it since he meant so much to detroit, but as long as isaiah is running things, the knicks are in trouble.

    By Blogger The Real Neo, at 7:12 PM  

  • BTW, it's funny that you wrote: "Askew can block and he can catch out of the backfield; both key components in the Jet offensive scheme."

    You don't really expect the Jets to retain the Herm Edwards offensive scheme in which fullbacks are the primary receiver, do you?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:59 AM  

  • Joe it's the Jets. I'm sure they even realize that they HAVE wide receivers on the team.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:25 AM  

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