Monday, February 28, 2011
Would ex-Jets fit in the AFC West?
By Bill Williamson
The New York Jets are releasing four big-name players. Let’s take a look at if any of these players would fit in the AFC West:
Defensive end Vernon Gholston: I think Gholston will be considered by most NFL teams. Yes, he’s been a colossal draft bust and you have to worry about a player who couldn't develop under the guidance of the Jets' great defensive tutoring. But he’ll be cheap and any player who is 24 and three years removed from being the No. 6 overall pick in the draft will get another chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if any team in the division looked at him. If I had to guess the team most apt to pursue Gholston, I’d say Oakland. Al Davis loves former first-round picks. Any team that would take a chance on Jarvis Moss should take a chance on Gholston.
Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins: We can probably rule out a reunion with former Carolina coach John Fox in Denver. The two were reportedly not on good terms when Jenkins was traded to the Jets. The Chiefs are interested in Shaun Rogers, so it’s conceivable to think they could look at Jenkins, too. I know the Chiefs want to add more than one defensive tackle. San Diego also could potentially take a look. Still, there are injury issues. I don’t think Jenkins would be a high-priority signing in either city.
Defensive end Jason Taylor: Taylor is expected to retire. Even if he does play, I don’t see a fit. He’s been available a couple of times in the recent past and there hasn’t been much interest from AFC West teams.
Tackle Damien Woody: He is 33 and has injury concerns. Woody, who previously was a center/guard, was in New England with Kansas City general manager Scott Poili. I could see potential interest there. Denver and Oakland could also use a right tackle. Woody is a good player if healthy. He is like Jenkins. There could be interest, but I don’t think it would come quickly.