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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Countdown To Cut Day

In the olden days, cut day used to be that day in football training camps when final rosters needed to be pared down and the "Turk" came calling for you.

Now, the NFL has a second cut day - the day that salary-bloated teams need to dump dead weigh (or not such dead weight) in order to get under the salary cap. Reports are flooding in that the Jets will cut center Kevin Mawae, guard Pete Kendall and, unless an agreement can be struck re-structuring his contract, quarterback Chad Pennington.

As I mentioned at the Zionist Conspiracy, I fear for whoever will be taking snaps for the Jets next year. The only starters left (if all these cuts take place) will be Adrian Jones, Brandon Moore and Jonathan Goodwin. All three are young and cheap, but considered below average at this point in their respective careers. If the Jets keep the number four pick, they will probably be deciding between Vince Young and D'Brickershaw Fergeson. So there will be a quality lineman available there.

Another factor to consider is John Abraham and the 8 plus million dollar albatross he has strapped around the team. Obviously, he is wildly talented and just letting him walk away was not a good idea. He's too valuable of a chip. But Sport's Illustrated's truth and rumors section noted that at the scouting combine, a number of football people were quoted off the record as saying that they wouldn't touch his bad attitude and gimpy legs with a 10 foot pole. That being said, I think it's a given that he will be traded for picks in this year's draft. But we shall certainly see. Keep in mind, that he is far and away the Jets best pass rusher. Shaun Ellis may be a better all artound player, but he can't get at the opposing QB like Abraham.

In other Jet-related news, the team cut safety/special teamer Oliver Celestin yesterday. These are the moves that go unheralded because, quite frankly, who the Hell is Oliver Celestin? So here's a shout-out to you Oliver. I noticed that you were cut. I hope you don't end up bagging groceries at the local Safeway. Best of luck to you.

3 Comments:

  • 1. The NFL extended everything to Sunday night.

    2. "The only starters left..." I assume you mean the only starters on the offensive line.

    3. The Jets aren't just letting Abraham leave for nothing. That's why they franchised him.

    4. Celestin was cut on Monday, not yesterday. He was okay on special teams, but got beat on a few TD passes, and the Jets have a number of other safeties higher on the depth chart.

    I don't know why you would make fun of him. Even a big time lawyer like you made less than him the last couple of years, and he doesn't have to worry about billables.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:58 PM  

  • Obviously meant the starting O-line, not starters in the team. And of course I fsiled to mention the immortal Scott gragg. Shame on me.

    That was my POINT about Abraham.

    I wasn't making fun of Oliver so much as I was wondering what happens to marginal NFL talent after their short runs are done. Most of the time they spend all of their college time on football and not on a carrer after football.

    By Blogger Elster, at 6:15 PM  

  • A lot of these guys go into business. Even two years in the NFL makes you over $600,000, and then you get a pension starting from around ten years after retirement.

    The unfortunate guys are the ones who are cut on the last day of training camp, hang around a practice squad for a year, and then are gone. Many of those guys have the talent to play in the NFL, but come from a small school, weren't drafted so no GM's protecting them, etc. It's fascinating how many 1987 replacement players became quality NFL starters.

    Gragg won't be back.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 6:36 PM  

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