Cotchery would consider return to Jets

March, 14, 2012
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Jerricho Cotchery, 2.0?

The former Jets wide receiver, an unrestricted free agent after one season with the Steelers, said Wednesday that he'd consider a return to the Jets.

"Yeah, I'm open to it," Cotchery told ESPNNewYork.com. "I'm open to all possibilities. I don't close doors. I'm not that type of dude."

Cotchery said two teams have expressed interest in him, but he declined to name the teams other than to say the Steelers want him back. The Jets have shown interest, according to the Daily News.

The popular wide receiver requested his released last August, right around the time the Jets were courting Derrick Mason. A number of factors contributed to Cotchery's desire to leave; he felt unappreciated after the additions of Santonio Holmes and, later, Plaxico Burress and he wanted a contract extension.

After trying to trade Cotchery, the Jets finally gave him his wish -- and they got burned because his quiet leadership was sorely missed.

Cotchery, who turns 30 in June, didn't see a lot of playing time last seaosn and finished with only 16 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns, although he made a clutch TD grab in the playoffs.

From a schematic standpoint, Cotchery doesn't appear to be the best fit for the Jets. He's at his best in the slot, and they already have an emerging slot receiver in Jeremy Kerley. Cotchery could be a No. 4 receiver (Patrick Turner currently is pencilled in there), but he doesn't play special teams and that hurts.

The Jets are looking for a starting-caliber receiver to play opposite Holmes. They're showing interest in Chaz Schilens (Raiders), but he has been a career backup. They also haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing Braylon Edwards, according to a source.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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