Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Weatherford, Laury didn't receive tenders
By Rich Cimini
It got lost in the shuffle Tuesday when the Jets announced qualifying offers for nine potential restricted free agents, but there were two players that didn't receive tender offers -- P Steve Weatherford and LB/special teamer Lance Laury.
What does it mean? Well, it means the Jets have relinquished their rights to those players. They will be unrestricted free agents regardless of what system is in place.
Weatherford actually had a pretty solid regular season, tying an NFL record for most punts inside the 20 (42), but he lost his touch in the playoffs and cost the team valuable field position. Weatherford's most memorable moment didn't happen with a punt, it happened when he decided on his own to run for a first down on a fourth-and-18 deep in his own territory. He came up a bit short and received an earful from his coaches.
Laury was supposed to be a special-teams dynamo, but he made no impact even though he led the team with 28 tackles on teams.