Jets offer deal to NT Jenkins, talk with S Sanders
FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Amidst all the haze of uncertainty surrounding the NFL, the Jets — as well a few other teams – are continuing in their off-season plans in preparation for the 2011 season. After parting ways with nose tackle Kris Jenkins on Monday, the Jets have offered an one-year deal with their injury-proned run stopper, according to Kristian Dyer of the New York Metro. The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million and is heavily laced with incentives. A ten-year veteran, Jenkins missed the entire 2010 season after going down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the first game of the season. It was the same injury (torn ACL) to the same knee that made him miss the second half of last season as well, just 11 months apart. Jenkins is entering the fourth year of a five-year deal and would have made $6.4 million in 2011.
General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters that they still want to see what Jenkins can do in a Rex Ryan defense. “We haven’t made a decision. It would be very intriguing to see what he can do over a 16-week season and play under Rex. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet, but we will take a long look at his situation.”
On Monday, Jenkins was one of four players the Jets cut. In addition, they also parted ways in outside linebackers Jason Taylor and Vernon Gholston as well as right tackle Damien Woody. It is rumored that if Taylor would return in 2011 to play football, he’d prefer it to be with Rex Ryan and the Jets.
“I told Rex Wednesday, if I’m going to play, I want to play with the Jets. I had a fantastic time up there. If they’ll have me, I think I would enjoy doing it again,” Taylor said.
But the Jets and Tannenbaum haven’t just been attending to the players on their current roster, they also have reached out to former Defensive Player of the Year, safety Bob Sanders. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that free-agent safety Bob Sanders will visit the Jets. The former Indianapolis Colts star previously met with the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. Sanders has played only nine games the past three seasons, Sanders could be explosive to opposing offense’s in Ryan’s swarming defensive schemes. Much like Jenkins, Sanders missed the entire 2010 season after tearing his biceps on the Colt’s first defensive series.
Sanders could dispel Jim Leonhard of his free safety duties, after he broke his tibia in a freak collision with Patrick Turner during practice before their Week 13 match-up with the New England Patriots. The loss of Leonhard was easy to see, as the Jets struggled to fill his missing void. When healthy, Sanders is considered to be the type of playmaker Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed is.