Tuesday, July 26, 2011
FA update: Jets want Woody 2.0
By Rich Cimini
Four-plus hours into free agency, and still no "major" deals. But here's a Jets update:
• Former Jets RT Damien Woody, cut by the team before the lockout, is drawing significant interest from the Jets, according to a source. Makes sense because, as of now, untested second-year OLM Vlad Ducasse is pencilled in to start at right tackle. Don't expect an immediate outcome here; it may take a few days.
Speaking Monday night on 1050 ESPN New York Radio, Woody made his preferences clear, saying, "It's Gang Green or nothing." At 33, he could opt for retirement. On the radio, he said his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon is doing just fine. If the Jets fail to re-sign Woody, they could turn to free agent Wayne Hunter, who did a respectable job late last season as Woody's replacement.
• Interesting tweet Tuesday from Redskins CB Phillip Buchanon, who said, "Redskins or Jets?" Does that mean the Jets are showing interest in the 30-year-old corner? If so, it means the Jets are lining up potential replacements in the event they lose Antonio Cromartie. Buchanon has played for five different teams, but he began his career with the Raiders, who were coached by Bill Callahan, now the Jets' assistant head coach/offensive line coach.
• As expected, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith are drawing interest from numerous teams. Hearing that the Redskins -- no shock -- already are on to Holmes and Edwards. Smith has been contacted by numerous teams, according to a source.
• The Jets' rookie cap, per ESPN's John Clayton, is $3.4 million. They have to squeeze six draft choices under that amount.
• The Jets haven't announced any undrafted-free agent signings, but various reports say they have finalized deals with TE Josh Baker (Northwest Missouri State), SS Davon Morgan (Virginia Tech), OL Chris Stewart (Notre Dame), CB Julian Posey (Ohio), G Zane Taylor (Utah), WR Courtney Smith (South Alabama), LB Nick Bellore (Central Michigan) and TE Collin Franklin (Iowa State).
Again, these deals are unofficial.