Wednesday, March 30, 2011
On the surface, Kris Jenkins done with Jets
By Tim Graham
Kris Jenkins doesn't think it's in his best interests to return to the New York Jets.
The mammoth nose tackle, rehabbing from his second serious left knee injury in 11 months, told Metro New York reporter Kristian Dyer he wants to resume his career on a grass field to prolong his vitality.
Unless Jenkins changes his mind, that would eliminate the Jets as a possibility and pretty much the rest of the AFC East -- even though they all deploy 3-4 schemes. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills also play on artificial turf.
The Miami Dolphins have the division's only grass surface, but theirs is partially covered by a baseball infield for much of the year and regularly is rated by the players to be among the worst in the NFL. Plus, the Dolphins already have invested franchise-tag money on nose tackle Paul Soliai.
Jenkins told Dyer he was offered a one-year contract to return to the Jets before the lockout froze all player transactions.
"I'd be interested if [the Jets] had grass on the stadium field, but right now that's the big thing, and they don't," Jenkins told Dyer on Tuesday. "I've played here long and loved it. I love this team. I love the fans, and I've bonded with this team. I feel like I have a connection with this city."
Jenkins added: "[FieldTurf], it ain't my friend. Just as far as my health is concerned, I need to think about that and how my body can and will respond. New York would be a major possibility. We'll have to see, but at this point in time, I want to take care of me, too."
Jenkins twice has been an All-Pro, and he's been a Pro Bowl selection four times.